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MEGHALAYA MINE TRAGEDY: INDIAN NAVY FINDS SECOND BODY 280 FT INSIDE RAT WHOLE!

More than a month after 15 miners were trapped inside a coal mine at Ksan in East Jaintia Hills in Meghalaya, the Indian Navy diving team on Saturday found the second body of a miner 280 feet inside the man. On Thursday, the Indian Navy had retrieved the first body from the mine. The body recovered on Thursday was identified as that of Amir Hussain, who belonged to Assam's Chirang district, officials said.

So far, at least 12 workers are still believed to be trapped inside the illegal coal mine. The Indian Navy said in a statement, "#MeghalayaMineTragedy #IndianNavy diving team finds second body 280ft inside the rat hole mine. The first body was recovered yesterday." The diving team of the Indian Navy was able to detect the body of the miner using the footage from a remote-controlled underwater vehicle, the Indian Express reported.
Meanwhile, East Jaintia Hills deputy commissioner Federick Dopth confirmed that Amir Hussain's body was identified by his wife and mother. He said, "Help is being organised to transport the body to their residence after completion of all formalities." His family said that Hussain had worked in the mines before for one month in 2018 and had earned nearly Rs 60,000. Meghalaya miners body pulled out almost month-and-a-half after 15 were trapped inside coal mine

On December 13, 2018, at least 15 miners were trapped inside an illegal 'rat-hole' coal mine in East Jaintia Hills in Meghalaya after it was flooded with water. The Indian Navy, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), a team of Odisha Fire Services and other experts have participated in the rescue operations, however, rescue efforts have been hampered due to flooding in the cave and the rains in the region. 

The Indian Navy Divers are trying to retrieve the 2nd dead body or the coal miner which was detected from the rat hole to the main shaft as per the latest update on January 27. However, reports states that the Navy divers are facing many obstacles in the efforts to retrieve the body from the rat hole mines. The presence of materials, exhaust pipes used by miners and turbidity are creating difficulties to retrieve the body and efforts is still going on.

The CIL have been pumping out the water from 2 old shafts since yesterday evening until 5 pm today and for a total of 34 Hours and the total water discharged is 4590000 litres .
Due to some mechanical problems, the KSB pump was stopped for a while and the pumping is set to continue soon after the repairing is finished.

The Kirloskar pump works however continued and installation of the platform in one of the old shaft is in progress. Pumping of water by the Kirloskar is expected at the earliest.

The NDRF as usual is coordinating their assistance with other agencies with all available resources.