July 3, 2007 12:36:57 am
With the discovery of the Umsngad Sink Cave in Jaintia hills district, Meghalaya can now boast of 1,100 caves including the sub-continent’s longest cave—Krem Liat Prah—which is 25 km long.
Meghalaya Adventure Association (MAA) recently undertook a caving expedition that included members from England, Wales, Scotland, Germany Ireland and USA to Jaintia Hills. It is during this expedition that they discovered Umsngad Sink. MAA General Secretary Bryan Kharpran Daly said, “We explored only 200 meters. We will explore its length later on.”
Kharpran said the team also went deep into the Krem Liat Prah cave, which was 22 km and managed to trace the length of the cave to 25 km. He said it is the longest cave in the sub-continent. Kharpran founded the MAA in 1990 and ever since, he has been organising caving expeditions in Meghalaya.
The MAA had also explored the 14.8-km Krem Umthloo cave and traced its length to 18 km, making it the third largest cave in the sub-continent. Meghalaya is one of the areas in the world with the maximum number of caves. He said the MAA mapped 30 sq km of area in Nongklieh Ridge and has so far discovered 138 cave passages.
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