Army joins rescue ops to track trapped miners in Meghalaya

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In this photo taken on December 30, 2018, Indian Navy divers go down in the mine with a pulley during rescue operations after 15 miners were trapped by flooding in an illegal coal mine in Ksan village in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district of India. – Indian Navy and NDRF personnel went inside a 370-foot-deep mine, where 15 miners are trapped, to ascertain the water level inside on December 30, officials said.AFP/Getty Images

Days after finding two decomposed bodies in the Meghalayan mine, the Indian Army has joined the multi-agency operations to search for the remaining miners.

Search for 13 more miners trapped inside a 370-foot-deep coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district is on, officials said on Tuesday.

The Indian Navy had requested the Army to assist in rescue operations by providing administrative support and it has now set up camps at the site

Nearly 200 rescue personnel from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the Indian Navy, Odisha Fire Service and state agencies are involved in the search-and-rescue operation.

“The Indian Navy had requested the Army to assist in rescue operations by providing administrative support and it has now set up camps at the site,” defence spokesperson Ratnakar Singh told PTI.

An Army team comprising about 20-25 members has been deployed to support the Navy, he said. “This is only administrative support to the Navy in case need be, for efficient, smooth and round-the-clock operations,” Singh added.

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Rescue operations underway to evacuate the 15 coal miners trapped inside a flooded coal pit at Ksan village in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills on Jan 10, 2019.IANS

Although two decomposed bodies of the miners have been found over 200 feet away from the bottom of the main shaft, only one of them could be pulled out and was handed over to family members in Assam.

Efforts are underway to retrieve the remains of the second miner, but the operation is taking longer as there are many obstacles like the turbidity of water, the officials said.

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

The owner of the mine, Krip Chullet, was arrested from his home on December 14. His accomplices are on the run. 

(With inputs from PTI)





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