According to state media, at least 12 individuals have been critically injured by an explosion rocking the grain silos close to the port of Derince located in western Turkey. Turkey’s state-operated Anadolu Agency mentioned on Monday that three of the 12 injured individuals were severely injured.
An explosion occurred at around 2:40 pm close to the Turkish Grain Board (abbreviated TMO) silos, the governor of Kocaeli, Seddar Yavuz, where the port is situated, mentioned on Monday. Initial evaluations reflect that an explosion occurred due to wheat dust compression in the transfer of wheat from a vessel to the silo, he mentioned.
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Yavuz said they were informed that it is technically plausible that a blast could take place owing to the compression of wheat dust, but they are examining all possible reasons. Yavuz also added that health, search and rescue, and fire brigade groups were quickly transferred to the region after the incident.
The governor said they quickly rescued the individuals from the scene and sent them to nearby health institutions in ambulances as soon as possible. Police further mentioned that they had also thoroughly examined the incident. Several videos on social media reflected a big cloud of smoke.
The TMO mentioned that 13 silos and outbuildings were impaired in this incident.
It is considered that the explosion could have been brought about by dust compression, and the main cause will only be clarified after detailed technical scrutiny, the statement mentioned. The Ministry of Transportation mentioned that no vessels were impaired owing to the explosion.
Reference: Alja zeera, Reuter, ABC News
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