Shillong: After a rescue operation lasting more than two weeks, the body of a miner was finally recovered on Wednesday at the Umpleng mine accident site in Meghalaya‘s East Jaintia Hills district. However, the body is yet to be identified, said a senior official.
Teams of the Indian Navy, SDRF, NDRF and Meghalaya fire and emergency services have undertaken the rescue mission ever since five miners got trapped in the rat-hole mine.
Speaking with EastMojo, East Jaintia Hills deputy commissioner E Kharmalki confirmed that a body was recovered on Wednesday. The second body which was noticed along with the first on Tuesday is likely to be recovered by Thursday, the DC said.
Kharmalki added that they have not been able to identify the body as yet. However, the process is going on, the official said.
Attempts to rescue the five workers trapped in the mine have been going on since the incident took place on May 30.
At least five people have been identified by the district administration – four from Assam and one from Tripura – who got stuck somewhere inside the rat-hole mine at Umpleng, about 20 km from Khliehriat, after it was flooded following a dynamite explosion.
Hazardous rat-hole coal mining is not permitted in Meghalaya after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) banned it in 2014.
The Indian Navy, which was able to pull out three bodies from a flooded mine in Meghalaya using a sophisticated machine in 2019, on Sunday joined the operations.
On Monday, it completed mapping of the 152-metre-deep vertical shaft of the flooded coal mine.
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