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Sun, 21 Apr 2019

Northeast Today

Meghalaya Mine Tragedy: 1 of 15 Trapped Miners Found Dead

Meghalaya Mine Tragedy: 1 of 15 Trapped Miners Found Dead
January 17
15:09 2019

NET Bureau

Over a month after 15 miners were trapped in an illegal rat-hole mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district, one of them has been found dead.

The tragic discovery was made by a team of Indian Navy personnel. They recovered the miner’s body at a depth of over 200 feet inside the coal mine.

The extraction process is underway and the body has been pulled up to the mouth of the 370 foot-deep coal mine.

 It will be extracted under the supervision of doctors, the Indian Navy said.

Search operations to find the rest of the miners are also underway.

Navy divers are using remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) at depths of 160 feet to 210 feet, a Navy spokesperson said in a statement.

The district authorities, however, are tight-lipped on the development.

On December 13, water from nearby Lytein River flooded a network of tunnels in the 370-foot-deep coal mine in Lumthari village of East Jaintia Hills, trapping 15 men and prompting a multiple-agency rescue attempt.

In the Khloo-Ryngksan area, where the ill-fated mine is located at the western side of a small hillock, the Lytein river crisscrosses the valley for over 2 km.

 

Source: India Today

Image Source: Outlook India

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