Shillong: The tedious rescue operation at the Umpleng mine tragedy site in East Jaintia Hills District is once again facing difficulties due to incessant rains.

For over a week now, expert divers from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) are facing difficulties diving into the 500 feet pit with the 200 feet water, which has increased due to the heavy rains.

Minister-in-charge of Disaster Management, Kyrmen Shylla, informed that the heavy rains have disrupted the operation and pumping out the water has been difficult. “In this one week, the water level has increased to 200 feet, which is next to impossible for the navy to dive in,” said Shylla.

Approximately 20-25 lakh has been spent to date on the rescue operation. The operation is expected to continue to rescue the remaining two miners.

The mining accident took place on May 30, when five people were trapped inside the mine. So far, three bodies have been recovered from the rat-hole mine.

The third body recovered on June 25 has been identified as Abdul Sukkur, 28, a resident of Pingorgool (Bortol) village in Assam’s Karimganj district. He is survived by his wife, 24, and three children.

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