16 days since 15 miners have been trapped in a water-flooded coal mine in Lumthary village in Meghalaya. Indian Navy seek the assistance of Navy diving team from Vizag for rescue operations.
In a move to boost the hopes of families of the coal miners stuck in the 370 feet coal mine in Meghalaya, the Indian Navy on Friday airlifted a Navy diving team with specialized equipment to aid the rescue operations. The fate of the coal miners has been uncertain since December 13th when the illegal coal mine in which they were working in flooded with water from nearby River Lytein and thereby trapping them. Though the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been working relentlessly to drain out the water in the mine, their pumps have not been working well. The 15 member diving team, which will start operations from Sunday, has equipment such as a re-compression chamber and remotely operated vehicles which will speed up the rescue operations, say rescue personnel.
Illegal coal mines
The question of the hour is how many lives would it cost before the ban by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on the rat-hole technique of mining, where workers move and mine coal from tunnels dug in mountains, that was used here is strictly implemented and illegal mine owners are punished.
Let’s hope and pray that the miners are safe and that the diving team reaches them in time.