India’s Meghalaya mining crisis finally makes progress in its search for 15 missing miners
- After a month of searching, the search for the 15 miners in
Meghalayafinally seems to have yielded results.
- The underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) spotted a body 160 feet into a ‘rat hole’ mine that was flooded by the Lytein River.
- The body is being brought out under the supervision of doctors and the search continues for the 14 remaining miners.
#MeghalayaMineTragedy The depth is 160 feet (and not 60 feet) and the body has been pulled upto the mouth of Rat-ho… https://t.co/F5tH54k3Xa— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) 1547696283000
The body is being brought up to the mouth of the mine under the supervision of doctors — and the hunt is still on for the remaining 14 miners.
The efforts to rescue the miners were halted altogether two weeks into the operation when the pumps available to the state government gave out under stress. It was only then that firefighters from Odisha and the Indian Navy were called in to help.
The flooding from the Lytein river created a situation that even Indian Navy divers couldn’t go deep enough to access the rat holes until the water in the mine was taken out.
Dangers of mining practices in this part of the country is exactly why the National Green Tribunal (NGT) banned mining in Meghalaya in 2014. Despite the ban, mining practices have continued. In early January, two miners died in an illegal ‘side cutting’ mine in another part of the state.
Here’s a quick look at the Meghalaya mining crisis: