Turkey declares three day mourning period over coal mine explosion
Turkey has declared three days of national mourning after a coal mine explosion that killed over 200 people, AFP reports.
“Three days of national mourning have been declared as of May 13 due to the mine disaster in Soma,” said a statement from the prime minister’s office.
The prime minister’s office called the explosion one of the Turkey’s worst industrial disasters and ordered flags to be flown at half mast, according to AFP.
Prime Minister Erdogan is scheduled to arrive in Soma on Wednesday to personally express his condolences. Officials say a faulty electrical transformer likely caused Tuesday’s explosion.