15 May 2014 07:20

NICOSIA- President Nicos Anastasiades and the government of Cyprus on Wednesday expressed their condolences to the government and people of Turkey following the deadly coal mine tragedy.
A written statement by Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides said: “The President of the Republic Mr Nicos Anastasiades and the Cyprus Government express their sincere condolences to the Turkish Government and the people of Turkey for the tragic incident in the western part of the country during which hundreds of coal miners lost their lives and dozens of people were injured.
The President of the Republic and the Government express their deep sympathy to the families of the victims.”
The death toll in Tuesday’s coal mine disaster in western Turkey rose to 238 on Wednesday, with 80 more injured, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said.
"According to the first indications, 238 of our workers lost their lives and 80 were injured," Erdogan told a news conference after visiting the mine in Soma, about 480km southwest of Istanbul. Around 120 workers were still thought to be trapped in a coal mine. An explosion and subsequent fire occurred in the mine on Tuesday afternoon.


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