Five miners were trapped inside an illegal coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district for the past three days due to floods following a dynamite explosion. Rescue workers tried to reach these miners on Wednesday with the help of hooks, ropes and a crane. Deputy Commissioner E Kharmalki said that efforts were made to rescue the miners from the bottom of the pit, but without success.
SDRF started rescue work
The District Magistrate said, we have requested the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to help us in rescuing the laborers trapped in the coal mine in Umpleng. A team of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and fire service started the operation from Monday. Although it was raining in the morning, but later in the day the sun came out and the operation could be carried out. A team leader said that SDRF and fire service personnel found that the depth of the water inside the pit is about 152 feet. The district administration has estimated the depth of the pit to be more than 500 feet. The district administration has identified at least five miners, including four from Assam and one from Tripura, who are trapped somewhere in the mine.