At least 12 injured in the explosion of a grain warehouse in the port of Derince, near Istanbul. Two of the injured are in serious condition.
An explosion caused by the accumulation of wheat dust in a cereal warehouse has caused at least 12 injuries this Monday, two of them seriously, in the port of Kocaeli, near the Turkish city of Istanbul.
The deflagration took place around 2:40 p.m. (11:40 GMT) in the port of Derince, Kocaeli province, about 70 kilometers southeast of Istanbul, and could be felt in many neighboring districts, reports the Turkish network NTV.
According to what the governor of Kocaeli, Seddar Yavuz, told the media, the cause of the explosion is the accumulation and pressure of wheat dust in a grain port warehouse.
The mayor of the municipality, Tahir Büyükakin, explained to the press that there are 12 injured, of which two are in serious condition, but it is ruled out that there are deaths.
According to NTV, grain warehouses in the port of Derince store wheat for export, with a total capacity of 100,000 tons, and the explosion damaged 13 silos, which are leaking grain.
The ships moored in the port have not suffered damage, the press added.
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