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Rescue operations continue to save 13 miners trapped in coal mine in Meghalaya

Coal News - Published on Mon, 17 Dec 2018

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In Meghalaya, the rescue operations to save the 13 miners trapped in a coal mine near the Lyteiñ River in East Jaintia Hills district is still on. Rescue personnel of the State Disaster Response Team, police and National Disaster Response Team are facing stiff challenge in their operation to trace the miners, who are suspected to have been drowned in the flooded coal pit. Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma has been personally monitoring the rescue operations.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) used sonar system and underwater camera to detect 13 miners, who have been trapped inside a coal pit filled with water since Thursday morning. However, the system failed to locate any of the trapped miners in the main well of the 370-feet coal pit because of poor visibility. As the water level at the pit did not recede much despite continuous pumping, the NDRF officials suggested to the district administration of East Jaintia Hills to call in the Oil Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) to deploy submersible water pumps to reduce the water level.

Jrin Chullet alias Krip Chullet, who owns the coal mine, was nabbed while the land owner James Sukhlain is absconding. Search is on to nab him and others, allegedly involved in illegal mining despite the NGT ban on unscientific coal mining in Meghalaya.

A similar incident took place in western South Garo Hills district in 2012 and the bodies of 14 miners were never recovered.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Mon, 17 Dec 2018
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