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Navy and NDRF activities continue as five miners remain trapped in a mine in Meghalaya.

Navy and NDRF activities continue as five miners remain trapped in a mine in Meghalaya.

Navy and NDRF activities continue as five miners remain trapped in a mine in Meghalaya. According to senior authorities, an Indian Navy crew joined the non-stop rescue attempts for five workers. That stranded in a coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills area for two weeks.

Ibashisha Mawlong, Executive Director of the State Disaster Management Authority. Stated that since the five miners were trapped within the coal mine on May 31. Continuous rescue efforts including the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been conducted.

“Troops from the NDRF and SDRF (State Disaster Response Force) are aiding in the rescue effort, as are local people. Additionally, additional equipment, like water pumps, is use to do this.

“On Sunday, a 13-member Indian Navy crew assisted in the rescue effort using remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). And other equipment,” Mawlong said.

Mawlong, who is also the Joint Secretary in Meghalaya’s Revenue and Disaster Management Department, said top authorities. Including the East Jaintia Hills district’s Deputy Commissioner, is overseeing the activities.

The vertical depth of water within the hole, according to fire department experts, is about 152 feet. Other rescues estimated the rat-hole mine’s depth to be more than 500 feet.

Lahkmen Rymbui, Meghalaya’s Home Minister, and Kyrmen Shylla, the state’s Revenue and Disaster Management Minister. Conducted an examination of the accident scene.

According to Jagpal Singh Dhanoa, Superintendent of Police, East Jaintia Hills, these employees were caught in the rapid rush of water within the mine. As a result of the dynamite explosion (used to divide coal pits). And the mine at Umpleng Elaka Sutnga was quickly swamp.

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Four of the five miners are Assamese, while the fifth is from Tripura. Six of the trapped miners’ coworkers were able to escape due to their location on the outside side of the mine at the time of the accident, and they have returned to their homes in Assam.

The police detained Shining Langstang, the mine’s owner, and accused him of violating the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) decision prohibiting unscientific coal mining and transportation. Since he gathered laborers from Assam and Tripura to work in the illegal mine. The ‘Sordar’ (mine manager and leader of the laborers) is on the run and a lookout notice has been issued.

At least six persons from southern Assam’s Karimganj district are says to murder on January 21. While working inside a coal mine in East Jaintia Hills.

The current occurrence on May 31 serves as a somber reminder of the December 2018 illegal coal mining catastrophe in the same area. Which claimed the lives of 15 migrant miners from Assam. The 15 workers is to be trapp at a depth of roughly 370 feet in the coal mine when a tunnel was fill by water from the neighboring Lytein river.

Even the miners’ bodies remained unrecoverable after many days of rescue efforts. The NGT outlawed indiscriminate and dangerous rat-hole coal mining in Meghalaya in April 2014. However, environmental groups in Meghalaya and Assam claimed that mining proceeded illegally with officials turning a blind eye.

Earlier this month, the Assam police confiscated approximately 250 tonnes of coal. Which is transporting to Bangladesh from Meghalaya in nine trucks. In violation of official standards.

The police claimed four persons, including three exporters, it says to be detain for exporting coal via Assam’s Karimganj district’s Sutarkandi land customs post.

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Written by Ankur J Kakoti

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