A coal mine explosion that struck northern Iran killed at least 35 people, as rescuers on Thursday worked for a second day to reach those trapped inside after the blast.
In a live broadcast by state television, Sadegh Ali Moghadam, the provincial director general of disaster management, said 22 bodies had been recovered.
The province will observe three days of mourning after the explosion, Iranian state television reported. Meanwhile, president Hassan Rouhani issued an order demanding his government use all available resources to rescue those still trapped, according to the IRNA news agency.
Provincial spokesman Ali Yazerloo said the blast happened at 12.45pm on Wednesday. Several officials blamed the explosion on accumulated gas and said it was affecting rescue efforts. At least 25 people were in hospital after inhaling the gas during the rescue efforts.
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