Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma Saturday said time was running out for the miners trapped inside a 370-foot illegal coal mine since December 13 and in its last ditch effort to save them, the state government has sought high-power submersible pumps from Coal India Ltd.
He said the state government has written to the Coal India seeking their special pumps (high-power submersible pumps) to aid the rescue of the 15 miners in Lumthari area of East Jaintia Hills district. “We are running out of time and I hope they respond to the request. We are waiting,” he said.
The miners were trapped after water from the nearby Lytein river gushed into the illegal rat-hole mine at Ksan area in Lumthari village.
Operations to rescue the trapped miners entered its 10th day on Saturday. Over a 100 personnel from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) are at the site, alongside the state police.
As of now, two pumps have been working in tandem, but “there was little impact on the water level since the water from the nearby Lytein river has got into the mine,” district SP S Nongtynger said. Read More
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