Meghalaya mine tragedy: Rescue operation becoming futile day by day


Shillong: One month has elapsed since 15 miners trapped in the illegal rat hole coal mine in  East Jaintia Hills district in Meghalaya.

Officials said although rescue operation continues, the chances are becoming bleak day by day. Dewatering of the rat hole mine has been a futile effort ever since it started.

On Sunday scientists and top notch experts of the country arrived in the East Jaintia Hills to step up rescue operation. Officials said this is perhaps country’s longest rescue mission.

Operation spokesperson R Susngi told news agencies that a team headed by a scientist and comprising experts from Hyderabad-based National Geophysical Research Institute, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (NGIR-CSIR) and Gravity and Magnetic Group, was at the spot.

A Chennai-based Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) have arrived to step up the mission, Susngi said.

According to officials dewatering of the 370-foot-deep mine has proved futile as over 1 crore litres of water has been pumped out of the main shaft. There has been no visible change in the water level, they said.

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