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Turkey ends Soma mine disaster rescue, death toll 301

Published:Saturday | May 17, 2014 | 12:56 PM

Turkey is ending rescue operations at the Soma mine after two more bodies were recovered, raising the death toll to 301.



Energy Minister Taner Yildiz says the operations were carried out to completion and that no miners are left in the collapsed mine.



However, Yildiz says rescue workers will scour all corners of the mine one more time to confirm the final death toll in Turkey’s worst-ever mine disaster.



Tuesday's disaster occurred when an explosion sent carbon monoxide gas into the mine's tunnels while 787 miners were underground.



Mine operator Soma Holding has denied any negligence, with one representative theorising that an unexplained build-up of heat in the mine could have been the reason for the collapse.



However, a former employee at the mine has told journalists that he and his colleagues were afraid to complain about bad safety standards.



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