Shillong: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has requested Union Minister Kiren Rijiju to send more professional help to rescue the 13 miners who have been trapped in a mine at Ksan near Lyteiñ River under Saipung police station in East Jaintia Hills. “We’re trying really hard but the water level is really high, the day after this incident took place,” added Conrad Sangma. Also Read - India and South Korea to Jointly Celebrate Cherry Blossoms Festival in Meghalaya
Terming the situation as ‘very difficult’ and ‘complicated’, the chief minister has sought additional professional help to rescue the trapped miners. A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are already at the spot to save the miners, but the situation looks very difficult. As per news agency ANI, Sangma said, “No matter how many pumps we put, water force is too much to bring it down to a level where we can enter and save them.” Also Read - Meghalaya Assembly Speaker Donkupar Roy Passes Away, PM Modi Expresses Condolences
The rescue operations have been going on since Thursday. Over 100 personnel were pressed into action to pump out water and conduct a massive search underground. All India Radio News posted a video of the rescue measure in its official Twitter handle.
Sonar system and an underwater camera were deployed by the NDRF team to locate the miners trapped in the main well of the 370-feet coal pit. However poor visibility proved to be a hindrance. As the water level at the pit did not recede, the NDRF officials suggested to the district administration of East Jaintia Hills to call in the Oil Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) to deploy “submersible water pumps”.
The accident which took place inside the coal pit on Thursday morning at Lumthari area holds significance, as the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had ordered an interim ban on “rat-hole” coal mining in the state since April 17, 2014.
(With Agency inputs)