No headway in rescuing coal miners in Meghalaya

More than 100 rescue workers, comprising the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and police personnel, could not rescue or recover the bodies of at least 13 miners trapped in an illegal coal mine in the East Jaintia Hills district. The mine got flooded when the workers drilled into an abandoned water-filled mine on December 13. “We employed pumps to empty the water in the 370 ft mine, but it keeps filling up 70-80 ft with water. We will bring more pumps tomorrow (Monday) for our rescue mission on the fourth day,” Federick M. Dopth, Deputy Commissioner, said. Five miners, who escaped from the flooded mine in the Hills, said that there were at least 17 people trapped inside.

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