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Meghalaya Mine Tragedy: Almost A Month Later, Navy Divers Detects One Body

PRERNA YADAV | 0
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| January 17 , 2019 , 12:00 IST

The Indian Navy on Thursday spotted a body at a depth of more than 200 feet in a Meghalaya mine where 15 workers were trapped by sudden flooding over a month ago.

The body was detected by Indian Navy Divers using Underwater ROV at a depth of approx 60 feet and 210 feet inside a rat-hole mine.

The body has been pulled up to the mouth of the mine and will be the extracted out under the supervision of doctors.

The body has been detected 32 days after the miners were trapped inside the mine on December 13 due to water gushing inside the mine.

Coal India Limited, Odisha firefighters, Kirloskar Brothers Limited have been dewatering the abandoned coal mine shafts and the main shaft where the miners are trapped. A joint rescue operation involving local workers, NDRF and Indian Navy among others, with some equipment flown in from outside the state, has been on at the illegal rat-hole mine at Khloo Ryngksan in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district.

Coal mine accidents that have been rampant in the mountainous state for their unscientific “rat hole mining” habits even after a National Green Tribunal imposed an interim ban.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court had said the search must continue as "miracles do happen". The top court had asked the centre and the Meghalaya government to consult experts and continue efforts to rescue the miners.

The mine is located on top of a hillock fully covered with trees. To reach the mine, a person has to pass the 30-foot wide Lytein river three times. No habitation was found nearby and 80-90 illegal coal mines dot the area.