5 Trapped in Flooded Coal Pit in East Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya
Rescue teams are pumping out water from a coal mine at Umpleng in East Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya where at least five miners have remained trapped
Rescue teams are pumping out water from a coal mine at Umpleng in East Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya where at least five miners have remained trapped since May 30 following a dynamite blast and are feared dead. The vertical coal pit has a depth of 500 feet and around 150 feet of it was inundated following the dynamite blast that caused flooding.
The excessive water, coupled with heavy rains for the past few days, made the task of the rescuers difficult. About 40 personnel from the National Disaster Response Force, State Disaster Response Force and Fire Service were engaged in the operation. They are using three pumps to drain out water. The personnel are assessing the ground situation by going into the coal pit using an iron basket attached to a crane.
Lauding the police for identifying those involved in the illegal mining and five people have been questioned so far. An FIR has also been filed in this connection. The mine owner has been identified as Shining Dkhar.
Meghalaya chief minister Mr Conrad K Sangma minister once again assured that any illegalities under his governance will not be allowed. Mr Sangma said that even though there is a law to stop many illegal things, they still happen. He said “The law is there to ensure that action is taken against those who break the law. Appropriate action will be taken against those involved in this. All efforts are being continuously made from the government’s end. After receiving all the reports, we have found that this particular mine was abandoned. From the initial reports that we received, there were some kind of activities which looked like they were looking at options of starting the mine there.”