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Fourth body recovered from collapsed Turkey mine as hope fades for trapped

Published 18/11/2016

Turkish authorities believe the mine collapse was caused by a landslide triggered by heavy rain
Turkish authorities believe the mine collapse was caused by a landslide triggered by heavy rain

Rescue teams have recovered another body from a copper mine that collapsed in Turkey, raising the death toll to four.

A rescue operation to find 12 miners still missing is under way, but the head of Turkey's crisis management agency, Halis Bilden, said the chances of reaching them alive were slim.

"I don't believe that we will be able to reach them alive," he said. "I cannot say that we have reached signs of life."

The privately-owned mine near the town of Sirvan, in Siirt province caved in late on Thursday.

Mustafa Tutulmaz, the governor for Siirt, said authorities think a landslide triggered by heavy rain caused the collapse.

However, an investigation had been launched to determine whether the accident may have resulted from negligence, he said.

Families watched as rescue teams searched for the workers who were buried along with trucks and other machines.

In 2014, 301 miners were killed in a fire inside a coal mine in Soma, western Turkey - the nation's worst mining disaster.

The tragedy exposed poor safety standards and superficial government inspections in Turkey's mines.

AP

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