Updated: Thu, 15 May 2014 00:30:00 GMT | By Francis Whittaker
Desperate search and clashes after Turkey mine collapse

Rescuers hunt for survivors at Soma pit, as protests erupt in Ankara and Istanbul



Rescuers hunt for survivors at Soma pit, as protests erupt in Ankara and Istanbul (© Emrah Gurel/AP Photo)
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  • Rescuers hunt for survivors at Soma pit, as protests erupt in Ankara and Istanbul (© Emrah Gurel/AP Photo)
  • Relatives scramble for information (© Depo Photos/AP Photo)
  • Tears for colleagues (© Emrah Gurel/AP Photo)
  • Emotions run high (© Depo Photos/Newscom/Abaca Press)
  • Rescue operation ongoing (© Emrah Gurel/AP Photo)
  • Hundreds rescued (© Depo Photos/Newscom/Abaca Press)
  • Stretchers readied (© Tolga Bozoglu/EPA)
  • Crowds help the rescue effort (© Osman Orsal/Reuters)
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The number of dead has risen to at least 238, as rescuers continue to scour a pit at a coal mine in Soma in Manisa province, western Turkey, which collapsed overnight.

While dozens escaped the disaster, officials claim there are still around 120 people unaccounted for, leading to an anxious wait for relatives, and a race against time for the rescuers.

Turkish PM Tayyip Erdogan visited the pit, as protests against the pit’s owners and the government erupted in both Ankara and Istanbul.

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