The Indian Navy on Sunday detected the third body of a miner and made attempts to retrieve the body parts which have completely decomposed inside a coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaiñtia Hills district.
Spokesperson for the rescue operation, R Susngi said, the exercise will continue on Sunday night and Monday morning.
The Coal India Ltd pumped out the water from the coal mine for 36 hours till 5 pm on Sunday and the water discharged was 48,60,000 litres.
The Kirloskar pumped for 16 hours from one pump and the discharged was 28,80,000 litres.
The KSB also pumped the water for 32 hours till 5pm with water discharge 63,36,000 litres
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) as usual continued to provide assistance to the Indian Navy and other agencies with all available resources.
Around 15 miners were trapped inside the coal mine at Khloo Ryngksan in East Jaiñtia Hills district since December 13.
Only one body has been recovered so far.
The second body was also detected on January 26, but till date, the body could not be retrieved.
Earlier, it was reported that the Indian Navy deployed two more remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) for searching the trapped miners, now believed to be dead inside the illegal coal mine in East Jaiñtia Hills district of Meghalaya.
However, the progress was slow inside the coal mine pit which is filled with water, according to reports.
The news of the mishap that has taken place inside the coal pit at Ksan village came to light on December 13, 2018.
The incident shocked everyone as the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had ordered an interim ban on rat-hole coal mining in the state from April 17, 2014.
The mine tragedy came to light after five miners escaped the coal pit which became flooded with waters from a nearby river.
The Supreme Court, which is monitoring the rescue operations, has directed the government that the trapped miners have to be taken out of the coal mine whether ‘dead or alive’.