The body of one of the trapped employees has been recovered from a mine in Meghalaya. The corpse of one of the five stranded miners was recovered Wednesday. From a flooded coal pit in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills, authorities said.
Ibashisha Mawlong, executive director of the State Disaster Management Authority. Says that the first corpse was recovere from the 152-meter-deep hole by Navy and National Disaster Response Force divers.
“They get three bodies out of the five deep inside the mine’s interior. Their attempts to locate and retrieve all five corpses are ongoing “Mawlong confirm this to media over the phone. They get three bodies out of the five deep inside the mine’s interior.
According to her, the rising water level in the coal mine hampered rescue efforts.
Mawlong, who is also Meghalaya’s Joint Secretary for Revenue and Disaster Management. Said that rescue efforts including the NDRF search ongoing since May 30, when the five employees were trap within the coal mine.
“On Sunday, a 13-part Indian Navy group supported in the salvage activity by means of the utilization of distantly worked vehicles (ROVs). And other hardware,” she said.
The vertical depth of water within the hole, according to fire department authorities, is approximately 152 feet. Other rescues estimated the rat-hole mine’s depth to be more than 500 feet.
Following the accident at the Umpleng Elaka Sutnga mine, East Jaintia Hills Superintendent of Police, Jagpal Singh Dhanoa. Says that these workers became into trap due to the sudden rush of water inside the mine following the dynamite blast used to split the coal pit, and the mine was quickly inundate.
Four of the five miners are Assamese, while the fifth is from Tripura. Six coworkers were rescued due to their location on the outside side of the mine at the time and have returned to their homes in Assam.
Shining Langstang, the mine’s owner, was detained and accused of violating the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) ruling prohibiting unscientific coal mining and transportation.
Since he recruited employees from Assam and Tripura to work in the illegal mine. The ‘Sordar’ (mine manager and leader of the employees) is on the run and a lookout notice has been issued.
At least six workers from Assam’s Karimganj district is murder on January 21 while working inside a coal mine in East Jaintia Hills.
The current event on May 30 serves as a sobering reminder of the December 2018 catastrophe in the same region. In which 15 Assamese migrant workers perished inside an abandoned coal mine. The 15 workers were traapp at a depth of almost 370 feet in the coal mine when a tunnel was inundate by water from the adjacent Lytein river. Even their corpses were unable to be recovere it.
The NGT prohibited indiscriminate and dangerous rat-hole coal mining in Meghalaya in April 2014. However, environmental groups in Meghalaya and Assam claim that mining proceeded illegally with officials turning a blind eye.