In Turkey, a gas bottle explosion has rocked a small village, killing 97 women and children.
LS ZOOM TO GV Village of Danaci Obasi, Turkey, and hours where explosion occurred
TV PAN Crowd around house and charred roof
TS Rescuers digging through debris (2 shots)
SV Rescuers searching through rubble (2 shots)
SCU PULL BACK TO GV Relatives and soldiers outside house
SCU PAN Remnants of clothing. Women weeping
SV PULL BACK TO GV Covered bodies in truck PAN TO mass grave
CU Man with child PAN TO workers digging grave
CU Onlooker PAN TO dead bodies in truck
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Background: In Turkey, a gas bottle explosion has rocked a small village, killing 97 women and children. The explosion occurred on Monday (25 November) during an engagement party in the village of Danaci Obasi about 60 miles (100 kilometres) from Ankara.
SYNOPSIS: Most of the victims, including the teenage bride-to-be, died within seconds as flames engulfed the room where the women and children were singling and dancing. It's thought the explosion was caused by a woman who lit an emergency lamp when the electricity failed. The lamp's gas bottle exploded and only one survivor, a small boy, staggered from the tightly-packed room.
The villagers were following the traditional Turkish custom of having s???rate parties for the bride and groom. The men were at a nearby house when they heard the blast and ran to the scene. A witness said it looked as though a napalm bomb had been dropped. Many of the bodies were burned beyond recognition and two men were hurt as they searched the rubble for their wives and children. Firemen from nearby villagers took more than three hours to out the flames.
Twenty two of the victims were from one family and the village has lost just under a quarter of its population. Only 30 adult women are left alive. The governor of Ankara, Mr. Mustafa Gonul, directed relief operations, sending emergency supplies and medical teams to the village. While the shocked survivors stood by, road excavators hastily dug mass graves on a hillside. The Ministers of the Interior, Housing and Rural Affairs all visited Danaci Obasi and passed on the sympathy of the Turkish Head of State, General Kenan Evren. The government has also promised cash aid for the stricken village.