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CIL' Dipka Mine to Stop Output for a month on Flooding

Coal News - Published on Mon, 07 Oct 2019

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A senior Coal India Ltd official told Reuters flooding at a key Coal India Ltd mine in eastern India will stop production there for at least 30 days. Large parts of the Dipka mine, which has an annual production capacity of over 30 million tonnes and supplies to utilities including NTPC Ltd’s plant in Korba, are submerged after embankments of a nearby river broke due to heavy rainfall.

An unusually rainy stretch towards the end of India’s monsoon season this year has halted production at a major coal mine, worsening the shortfall in the production of the fossil fuel in the country. On September 29, the Lilagar river in the central state of Chhattisgarh abruptly changed its course, flooding the Dipka coal mine in Korba district. Chhattisgarh produced the highest quantity of coal in the country in financial year 2018-19. In the past seven days alone, rainfall in the state has been 261% more than its average for this time period over the last 50 years.

Meanwhile, all workers at the Dipka mine have been rescued, but some heavy machinery has been damaged.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Mon, 07 Oct 2019
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