Iran Golestan mine explosion: More than 50 trapped

map of Iran showing Golestan in the north

More than 50 miners are trapped after an explosion in a coal mine in Iran, state media reports say.

It happened at the Zemestan-Yurt mine in Golestan province in the north.

Two people are reported to have died and 25 others are wounded. One emergency services spokesman said that 16 people had managed to escape.

There are some reports that the incident was caused by a gas explosion, possibly as someone was attempting to start a lorry engine.

The rescue operation has been hampered by concerns about gas in the tunnels, the AFP news agency quoted one official as saying.

Pirhossein Koulivand said 12 miners had escaped unhurt, and another four had been injured and taken to hospital for treatment.

State media said the mine had 500 workers, and the explosion – which took place at about 12:45 local time (09:45 GMT) – happened as a shift change took place.

Iran, which extracted 1.68 million tonnes of coal in 2016, mostly uses the coal it extracts on domestic steel production, rather than exporting it.

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