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Third body recovered from flooded illegal coal mine in Meghalaya

By on June 26, 2021 0


A third body has been removed from the rat-hole mine at Umpleng in the Meghalaya.


More than three weeks after an illegal coal pit flooded in the East Jaintia district of Meghalaya trapping five miners, rescuers recovered another body from the 152-meter-deep mine on Friday, an official said.

It was the third body to be removed from the rathole mine in Umpleng which was flooded following a dynamite explosion on May 30.

Indian Navy divers recovered the third body on Friday after another body was recovered from the bottom of the pit on Thursday, District Deputy Commissioner E Kharmalki told the PTI News Agency.

The body of the minor who was found on Friday has been identified as that of Abdul Sukur, 28, a resident of Pingorgool village in Karimganj district in Assam, the official said. The other two bodies have not been identified, the official said.

The first body was recovered on June 16. Relatives of the miners in Assam and Tripura have been informed through their respective police stations to come and identify the recovered bodies, Kharmalki said.

More than 50 members of the Indian Navy, Disaster Response Force (SDRF), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), and the Fire and Emergency Services of the State led the rescue mission. A Navy diver was seriously injured during the operation.

After the recovery of the bodies, the pumping of water resumed from the two wells which are connected to each other at the level of the coal seams, a magistrate of the site told PTI.

During the process, about 10.08 liters lakh water was pumped from the main well and about 17.55 lakh liters from the second well.

Police arrested the owner of the coal mine, Shining Langstang, and charged him with violating a National Green Tribunal (NGT) order banning the mining and transportation of unscientific coal.

The “Sordar” or mine manager is on the run and a lookout has been issued as he was the one who brought migrant workers from Assam and Tripura to work in the illegal mine, a senior officer said. the police.

Using their sophisticated, unmanned vehicle, the Indian Navy in 2019 removed three bodies from another rathole coal mine in the Lumthari area in the same district.

The NGT had banned in 2014 the mining and transportation of unscientific coal for the safety of miners and the protection of the environment.

A deep vertical shaft is usually dug until coal seams are found in the age-old practice of Meghalaya, also known as rat hole mining.

Once the seams are found, the coal is extracted through small holes along the horizontal line of the coal seams.

(With PTI entries)