Two teams from Kirloskar Brothers Ltd arrived in Meghalaya along to drain out water from rat-hole coal mine in East Jaiñtia Hills district, where fifteen miners have been trapped.

          Meghalaya Government today expressed a sigh of relief, as two teams from the Kirloskar Brothers Ltd have arrived in Meghalaya to assist the state Government’s authorities to retrieve the trapped coal miners in East Jaintia Hills District. Earlier, the state Chief Minister, Conrad K. Sangma said he had sought the Centre’s assistance to provide the best agency to retrieve the coal miners who were buried inside the rat-hole mine two weeks ago. Meanwhile, official sources said that the state Government is expecting the arrival of rescuers from the Indian Air Force and Coal India Ltd. Police sources said the miners have been buried in the 370-foot deep unscientific coal mine.

             Meanwhile, official sources said the Indian Navy is deploying a 15 member diving team from Visakhapatnam to assist in the rescue operations for the missing miners in Meghalaya. The team is carrying specialised diving equipment including a re-compression chamber and remotely operated vehicles capable of searching underwater. The team is expected to arrive on site tomorrow. An initial assessment to determine an effective response was undertaken by the Navy today

         Earlier, the Opposition Congress in Meghalaya has strongly criticised the state Government alleging that it was take the issue lightly. The Member Lok Sabha who represents the Shillong Lok Sabha seat in Meghalaya had even informed the Parliament of the matter and expressed the need of Central assistance to retrieve the trapped coal miners at the earliest, so that the anguish of their relatives could be addressed at the earliest.MMP

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