ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has extended its condolences to Türkiye over a deadly coal mine blast in Bartin province.
The explosion in Türkiye’s northern province occurred on Friday evening, killing at least 41 people.
In a statement today, the Ministry of Foreign affairs has expressed Ethiopia’s “deepest condolences” to the People and Government of the Türkiye on the loss of lives.
“The Government further expresses consolation to the families who lost their loved ones,” the statement reads.
At least 110 miners were working in the shaft at the time of the deadly explosion, according to Anadolu News Agency.
Emergency crews had worked through the night, digging through rocks to try to reach survivors.
At least 58 people working in the mine when the blast went off were rescued or got out by themselves.
The discovery of the final missing body brings the rescue operation to an end, more than 20 hours after the blast.
On Saturday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the conclusion of the search and rescue mission, reports AA News Agency.
Erdogan said 41 workers were killed and 11 others wounded in the blast.
Authorities have launched an investigation into the cause of the explosion.
But initial findings indicate the blast was caused by firedamp, an explosive mixture of flammable gases in mines, AA reports.
The mine belongs to the state-owned Turkish Hard Coal Enterprises.
Featured Image Caption: 58 miners were rescued after the coal mine blast on Friday evening [Photo AA]