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IAF has deployed Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to transport 10 heavy-duty pumps to Meghalaya mine. Credit: File image

Guwahati: With search and rescue operations being called off in the ‘rat-hole’ mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district, where 14 miners have been trapped since December 13, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has deployed an aircraft to transport 10 heavy-duty pumps to the accident site.

These pumps are to be transported from Bhubaneswar to Guwahati by IAF’s Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules aircraft. The equipment will then be flown to the mishap site by a helicopter.

The IAF has reportedly stepped in after receiving a request from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the other authorities involved in the search and rescue operations had been struggling with three 25 horse-power pumps which had proved to be ineffective. It had been demanding 100 horse-power pumps from the state government, which the latter had failed to provide.

On Wednesday, Kirloskar Brothers Limited (KBL), which is a Pune-based pump manufacturing company, had also offered its help to the state government to conduct search and rescue operations.

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