Meghalaya Miners Rescue: Technical Snag With Pumps Delay Operation

Shillong: The operation to rescue the miners trapped in a flooded quarry in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district faced roadblocks after the high-powered pumps installed at the site developed certain technical snags on Tuesday. At present, NDRF, Indian Navy and Odisha Fire Services Team are engaged in the rescue operation.

Operation spokesperson R Susngi told PTI, “There were some technical problems with the machines and the rescue operation was affected.”

On the 20th day of the rescue operation, Indian Navy personnel resumed with their diving using unmanned remotely operated vehicles with assistance of the NRDF in the main shaft.

Susngi said the depth of the shaft is a little over 370 foot (113 metre) and added that the water level inside the vertical shaft is at 161 foot (49 metre). He also informed that although the water level in the mine has gone down, it is still not enough.

Notably, 15 miners are trapped inside a 370-foot-deep illegal coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district since December 13 after water from a nearby river gushed in, puncturing the mine wall.

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