Incessant rains since Wednesday have made impossible the rescue operations of 15 miners trapped in a privately-operated coal mine in South Garo Hills district in Meghalaya since last Friday,with the authorities giving up hope of finding any survivor.
The miners,mostly migrant labourers from Assam,were trapped in a rat-hole coal mine,typical to Meghalaya,after they accidentally punctured the wall of an adjoining abandoned mine full of water last Friday afternoon. The police have arrested three persons,including the owner and manager of the mine,and booked them under Section 304 (a) of the IPC.
A team from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been working since last night despite the heavy downpour. It is a difficult task,given the operation was launched only after six days of the accident.,R P Marak,Deputy Commissioner in-charge of South Garo Hills district said.
NDRF has been trying to pump out water from the mine. But heavy downpour has posed a huge problem,making it an impossible task to actually rescue the trapped miners, Marak said,adding there was little chance of their survival now.
It takes more than three hours to access the mine,located in a remote area,from Baghmara,the district headquarters.