Meghalaya: Ksan rescue ops suspended; Govt awaits SC’s nod to call off operations
SHILLONG | June 07, 2019:
The rescue operations of the trapped miners has been suspended for almost a month due to incessant rain and the rise in the water level of Lyntein river which is adjacent to the coal mines at Ksan village in East Jaintia Hills.
"The generator sets, pumps, pipes and other materials haves submerged due to the increase in the water level by eight feet. With the monsoon season setting in, the materials belonging to the Army have also submerged in water. We will probably be able to retrieve the equipments only during the winter," a senior government official informed here today.
It may be recalled that it has been almost six months since the rescue operations for the trapped miners began. Till date, they have managed to trace three bodies and successfully extracting two bodies from inside the mines.
Meanwhile, the senior government official informed that the rescue teams which include the NDRF, SDRF, local police and hired labourers are not able to resume the rescue operations since the entire area is under water. As of now, over 108 crore litres of water has been pumped out. "But this effort of pumping out of water did not fructify as the mines would be flooded again the next day. We are facing a very difficult situation," a senior government official said.