Shillong, February 26: With the situation getting intense, the Indian Navy divers detected another decomposed body parts of a miner using an underwater remotely operated vehicle (UROV) at the flooded coal mine in Khloo Ryngksan in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district. 15 miners have been trapped in the illegally operated coal mine since tragedy struck on December 13, last year.
“The fourth body was detected at 230 feet in the same rat-hole coal mine at 4:32 p.m.,” R Susngi, spokesperson of the East Jaintia Hills district administration informed while adding that the body is excessively decomposed.
The Navy divers also detected a wooden cart about 20 feet away from the body. On January 16, the UROV had detected the first body and extracted it on January 23 which was identified as that of Amir Hussain from Assam’s Chirang district.
The second body was spotted on January 26 but unfortunately slipped the UROV’s jaws during retrieval efforts. The group of miners had got trapped after river water entered the illegal rat hole mine in East Jaintia Hills district. The Supreme Court had last month told the Centre and the state government to continue rescue operations, even though the state told the bench that the trapped miners may have died.
Multiple government agencies, including the National Disaster Response Force and the Indian Army, are involved in the rescue operations. At least 15 miners were trapped in the illegal rat-hole mine in Khloo Ryngksan of East Jaintia Hills district, when it was flooded on December 13.