Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)

FOUR DAYS ON, NO SUCCESS IN SEARCH FOR 5 MINERS IN MEGHALAYA

- Press Trust of India

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) on Thursday joined the rescue efforts at the illegal coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district where five miners are trapped.

The miners are trapped for the last four days inside the illegal coal mine that was flooded after a dynamite explosion. “A 24-member team from NDRF has arrived at the accident site in Umpleng. The NDRF joined the teams of SDRF and the state’s Fire Service who were already stationed there,” said a senior official. There are no signs of those trapped at the bottom of the vertical opening of the mine.

The mine has an opening of about 25 ft x 25 ft and is over 500 ft deep. It is expected to have many smaller horizontal openings used by the miners to extract coal from the seams, the official said. “Members of the NDRF team got onto an iron basket and made use of the crane at the site to inspect the water level.

We have requisitio­ned more pumps to try and reduce the water to a level safe enough for the divers to begin their search,” the official said. Divers of the rescue teams could safely dive up to a vertical depth of about 30-35 feet, considerin­g the high altitude at which mine is located.

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