A blast hit the port city in western Turkiye at about 2:40 a.m. local time (11:40 GMT). A Turkish broadcaster said that the blast hit an elevator at the moment of loading a vessel with grain.
The number of people injured in an explosion near the Turkish port of Derince in the Kocaeli province has risen from 10 to 12.
“As a result of the explosion, 12 people were injured, the condition of two is serious,” Kocaeli Municipality Mayor Tahir Buyukakin said.
Earlier in the day, a source in the Safiport operator company told Sputnik that an explosion has hit near the major commercial port of Derince in Turkiye, but it has not disrupted the port’s operation.
“The explosion occurred near the port, nothing happened here … no fire. The situation in the port is normal,” the source said.
Turkish media, in turn, reported that a blast hit the port city in western Turkiye at about 2:40 a.m. local time (11:40 GMT). One broadcaster said that the blast hit an elevator at the moment of loading a vessel with grain. Smoke clouds after the explosion were visible from various parts of the city, media reported, adding that firefighters and ambulance services, as well as anti-terrorist detachments, were deployed to the site.
Kocaeli Governor Seddar Yavuz told reporters that the incident could be the result of an explosion of grain dust while loading a grain ship. He clarified that the explosion damaged elevators, not containers, with specialists checking if there are people under the rubble.
“It was a powerful explosion … however, only two elevators were damaged, the container part of the port was not affected by the explosion, there was minor damage in neighboring houses,” Aygun said.
Kocaeli Municipality Mayor Tahir Buyukakin said that the explosion damaged 13 out of 16 elevators.