The most powerful photo from a day of tragedy in Turkey

More than 230 people have died after a coal mine explosion in Soma, a small Turkish town of about 70,000 people that is nearly 150 miles from Istanbul.

According to Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz, 787 workers were inside the mine when an electrical fault triggered the blast. Rescue teams have pulled out 363 of the workers.

One of those rescued was this man, shown below being kissed by his father after he was pulled out from the mine. The image was captured by Turkish photographer Bulent Kilic for Agence France-Presse.


A man kisses his son, who was rescued from the mine. (Bulent Kilic/Getty Images)

According to the Associated Press, some of the workers were 420 meters deep inside the mine and were unable to escape using the elevators because the explosion had cut off power. Any hope of finding the more than 120 miners who are still thought to be trapped inside is fading as Turkish officials say their rescue efforts are being hampered by continuing fire.

This is one of the worst mining disasters in Turkey since 1992, when 263 miners were killed near Zonguldak, a city along the western coast of the Black Sea.

You can see more powerful images from Turkey in our gallery below.

 

Anup Kaphle is the Post's digital foreign editor. He has an M.S. degree in journalism from Columbia University. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.
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