SHILLONG: Rescuers at the illegal rat-hole mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district are trying to retrieve the body of a second miner which was detected on Saturday.
According to spokesperson of the rescue operation, R Susngi, the Navy divers are trying to retrieve the second body detected from the rat hole to the main shaft.
“Due to many obstacles inside the rat hole like materials, exhaust pipes used by miners and turbidity, the operation has become very difficult,” Susngi said on Sunday evening.
“On January 26, the Navy divers located a second body at 0318 hrs today, around 280 feet from the main shaft,” East Jaintia Hills Deputy Commissioner, FM Dopth had informed on Saturday. Dopth also informed that the first body which has been identified as that of Amir Hussain of Chirang district, Assam, was handed over to family members on Saturday morning.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, The Coal India Limited pumped out water from two old shafts from Saturday evening till Sunday 5 pm and after a total of 34 hours the total discharge of water was 45, 90, 000 litres.
However, due to some mechanical problem, the Pune based KSB Company pump stopped for a while and the pumping will continue soon after it is repaired.
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