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Meghalaya: Indian Navy joins rescue mission for the five miners trapped in East Jaintia Hills

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Five miners in Meghalaya are trapped assessing the coal mine since May 30. The search operation team is working hard for their rescue in the Sutnga area of East Jaintia Hills district.

But regular rainfall and underground water seeping in from inter-connected mines have been affecting the search and rescue operations for almost a fortnight. So the Indian Navy, which was able to pull out three bodies from a flooded mine in Meghalaya using a complicated machine last time met operations.

0306 pti06 02 2021 000136b The North-Eastern Chronicle

Well, the event is a dreadful reminder of the 2018 tragedy when at least 15 miners died due to the unscientific method of ‘rat-hole mining. Officials said that the Navy personnel operated ROV and handheld sonar and built camps at the site. Also conducted depth check of the water level inside the mine.

The district’s Superintendent of Police, Jagpal Singh Dhanoa said, “A team of more than 10 Navy divers arrived yesterday (June 12) with equipment. They have been assessing the situation for starting operations that have been affected by rainfall.”

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