13 miners trapped in ‘rat-hole’ coal pit might be dead: Police

The Hush Post|12:15pm| 1-min-read
Thirteen miners, who were trapped inside a coal pit filled with gallons of water, in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district, were yet to be reached or rescued, district police chief said on Friday.
Officials had already said their chances of survival were bleak. The miners, including three locals, got stuck inside the pit on Thursday.
“We are yet to recover the dead bodies from the pit,” Sylvester Nongtnger, the district police chief of East Jaintia Hills told IANS.
Ironically, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had ordered an interim ban on “rat-hole” coal mining from April 17, 2014. Coal mine accidents are common in Meghalaya because of unscientific mining commonly known “rat hole mining”.
“It appeared the miners resumed mining coal three to four days ago. We are pumping the water out of the pit with the help of generators but the water level has not receded,” Nongtnger said.He said the chances of survival of the miners were very bleak.

“Efforts are on to identify the coal mine owner. We have already registered a case against the owner,” he said.

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