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CIL to start rescue ops in Meghalaya coal mine

Staff Writer | December 28, 2018
IANS reported that Coal India Limited (CIL) said it is preparing to launch a rescue operation at the coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills to rescue the 15 trapped miners.
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General Manager of CIL’s Northeastern Coalfields, J. Borah said the operation will be launched soon after all the equipment and manpower arrives at the site.

He said “We have received a request from the Meghalaya government to help carry out search and rescue operations in the coal mine where some miners were trapped. Immediately we have mobilised the manpower within the organisation so as to reach the site as soon as possible.”

He said a 10-member team, including four engineers and six surveyors, is arriving at the spot on Thursday. However, the equipment including pumps, pipes and survey tools will take some time to arrive as those are being sent by road from different CIL establishments.

The National Disaster Rescue Force (NDRF), the State Disaster Rescue Force (SDRF) and the district administration have been trying to rescue the trapped miners but to no avail as the water level in the mine remained very high despite pumps being used to flush out the water.

Mining expert Jaswant Singh Gill had also visited the mine recently at the request of the Meghalaya government and suggested plugging the water entry points to the mine and using powerful pumps to drain out the water from the rat hole mine.