Families wait for word as death toll reaches 201

The death toll in the Soma coal mine explosion has risen to 201 with hundreds more trapped underground, the energy minister has confirmed to AFP.

Relatives have been waiting at the mine as well at hospitals around the city for any news of their loved ones.

Relatives of miners who are trapped in a coal mine wait in front of a hospital in Soma. Credit: REUTERS/Osman Orsal
A relative rushes to the hospital in Soma. Credit: REUTERS/Depo Photos

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Turkey: 'Mining execs detained' after disaster kills hundreds

Turkish police have detained 19 people, including mining company executives, as part of an investigation into the Soma mining disaster, Reuters have reported citing Turkish media.