As it happened: Turkey mine disaster

Key points

  • More than 240 miners are killed in an explosion and a fire at a coal mine in Soma in western Turkey
  • Officials say a power unit blew up 2km (1.2 miles) underground, shutting down electricity supplies and ventilation systems
  • Around 120 people are still believed to be trapped
  • Energy Minister Taner Yildiz says fires are hampering rescue efforts and hopes of finding survivors are fading
  • The prime minister's office declares three days of national mourning
  • All times BST

Live text


  • Nina Lamparski 
  • Patrick Jackson 
  • Alison Daye 
  • John Harrison 
  • Jasmine Coleman 
  • Stephen Fottrell 

Last updated 14 May 2014

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