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Book of condolence opened in St Helens for Turkish mining tragedy

Family members cry during the burial of a mine accident victim in Soma, Turkey

Family members cry during the burial of a mine accident victim in Soma, Turkey

Council chiefs in St Helens have opened a book of condolence for the 282 Turkish miners who lost their lives in the Soma tragedy.

Around 150 miners remain missing following an explosion at a mine in western Turkey.

Town hall chiefs say the council was prompted to act as a show of solidarity with the global mining community.

St Helens has suffered a number of mining disasters over a century of mining in the borough.

The explosion in Turkey on Tuesday caused the pit to collapse, trapping 787 miners underground.

Officials say 363 were rescued, with 282 found dead, and another 150 still missing.

A council spokeswoman said: “St Helens Council sends its deepest sympathy to the people of Soma. The book of condolence is in the main reception area of the Town Hall, Victoria Square, St Helens.”

 

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