Trapped coal miners in M’laya yet to be traced

Correspondent SHILLONG, JUN 9 | Publish Date: 6/9/2021 12:58:19 PM IST

The five miners, who are feared trapped inside a 500-feet flooded coal mine at Umpleng village in East Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya for ten days now are yet to be traced despite ongoing efforts to ‘rescue’ them, chief minister Conrad K Sangma said on Wednesday.

“We have not come out with positive results as of now but the rescue teams are trying their best to rescue the trapped miners,” Sangma said. “We have asked the district administration as well as other agencies, including NDRF to also pitch in but the conditions are very difficult out there,” he informed.

The five migrant miners, including four from Assam and one from Tripura, have been trapped inside a 500-feet coal mine since May 30 after the abandoned pit got flooded following a dynamite explosion. Police have arrested Shining Langstang, the current owner of the illegal coal mine and booked him for violating the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order banning unscientific mining and transportation of coal. 

The former owner of the mine, K. Chyrmang, who was detained and is currently in quarantine after he tested positive for COVID-19 infection, while one Nizam Uddin, the manager of the illegal coal mine is absconded following the incident, even as the Meghalaya police have issued a lookout notice for him.

East Jaintia Hills district officials said that the National and State Disaster Response Forces confirmed that the level of the water inside the main shaft of the coal pit receded to about 30 feet and 4.50 lakh litre of water has been pumped out from the main shaft and 2.16 lakh litres of water from the second shaft as on date. “Additional water pumps have been installed in the main shaft and de-watering of the mine is in full swing,” an official, overseeing the rescue operations, said.


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