Mine Mishap: Rescue team retrieves second body from coal mine in EJH

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The rescue team consists of Indian Navy divers and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) on Thursday retrieved another body of the second miner from inside the coal mine at Krem Ule, Umpleng in East Jaintia Hills (EJH).

The body was recovered from the bottom of the 152 meter-deep and flooded coal pit in the state’s East Jaintia Hills district where 5 miners have been trapped since May 30.

Confirming the report, Deputy Commissioner of East Jaintia Hills E. Kharmalki said, “The body of the second miner was retrieved from the main shaft around 1:20 pm by the rescue team on Thursday.”

The executive magistrate conducted an inquest at the site and the body was sent to Khliehriat morgue for postmortem.

The rescue team on June 16 has retrieved the first body, which has still not been identified and claimed.

In continuation of the rescue operation, the rescue teams of NDRF and SDRF verified the level of the water before the Navy divers resume operation and found rises by 29 feet.

       The Navy team detected one more body and has retrieved it from the main shaft, Deputy Commissioner E Kharmalki said.  

“Last time we said there were two suspicious objects, one was the body that we pulled out on 16th and this is the second suspicious object,” the deputy commissioner informed.

The DC said again the relatives of the victims from Cachar, Barpeta and Kamrup (Rural), Assam and Kailashahar, North Tripura District has been informed through their respective Superintendent to Police by WT message to inform the immediate family members of the victims trapped in the coal mine to identify the retrieved bodies.

 During the de-watering process about 5.6 lakh liters of water has been pumped out from shaft no. 1 and about 12.15 lakh liters of water has also been pumped out from the shaft No. 2.

No one has come forward to identify the recovered dead body till filing this report.

De-watering process continues after retrieval of dead body.

The State Government has earlier sought the help of the Indian Navy into the rescue operation, even as the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was also roped in for the rescue operation.

At least five miners were trapped inside the coal mine at Umpleng under Sutnga Elaka on May 30.