People assist a man injured by a rubber bullet fired by police as they clash with police during a demonsration against a recent accidental explosion at a mine, on May 16, 2014, in Soma, Manisa province. Turkish riot police fired tear gas Friday at thousands of protesters at the scene of a disaster that killed nearly 300 miners, as the government faced a worsening political backlash.
People assist a man injured by a rubber bullet fired by police as they clash with police during a demonsration against a recent accidental explosion at a mine, on May 16, 2014, in Soma, Manisa province. Turkish riot police fired tear gas Friday at thousands of protesters at the scene of a disaster that killed nearly 300 miners, as the government faced a worsening political backlash. AFP PHOTO - Bulent Kilic

Turkish mine disaster kills more than 300 and counting

THE death toll from Turkey's worst mining disaster has risen to more than 300 people.

Energy Minister Taner Yildiz told Sky News Australia at the weekend the rescue attempts were ongoing.

"All corners of the mine were searched by a large team and there was no other body or living person," he said.

"We had focused on search and rescue efforts.

"Now we will be focusing on investigations, on what will happen about production.

"We will not be leaving (Soma) because the search efforts are ending."

Another 485 miners escaped or were rescued from the May 13 explosion that devastated a coal mine in Soma in western Turkey.


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