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Navy resumes operation in Meghalaya mine

By Staff Correspondent

SHILLONG, Jan 22 - The Navy today resumed its operation at Ksan, East Jaintia Hills in Meghalaya to retrieve a body from the flooded rat-hole mine and managed to drag it closer to the main shaft with Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs).

�The Indian Navy divers together with National Disaster Response Force started the process to retrieve the body with the ROVs from 11 am today and the body has been pulled near the main shaft,� District Public Relations Officer, R Susngi said.

However, till the filing of this report, the body has not been entirely pulled out. �Due to some obstruction the process would take some time to bring the body out,� Susngi informed.

The Navy had suspended its operations for two days, possibly to get a feedback from the Government and the Supreme Court, if it should continue with its operations.

The reason for this interruption was the body itself, which is highly decomposed and cramped inside a flooded rat-hole mine. The Navy fears that dragging the decomposed body with the ROV would result in its disintegration.

But, the families of the miners in a meeting with the Deputy Commissioner of East Jaintia Hills have insisted that the body be pulled out. Some of the families have said they need the body to be pulled out to give it a decent burial.

The Navy divers have become redundant, when it comes to their area of specialisation. They have been assisting the technical personnel now as they are unable to dive in the mines as the water has not receded, despite continuous pumping out of water.

Susngi further said that today pumps of Coal India Limited, Kirloskar Brothers and the Odisha Fire Service have been working without respite. These pumps have managed to pull out close to 40 lakh litres of water from the mines in the past couple of days.

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Navy resumes operation in Meghalaya mine

SHILLONG, Jan 22 - The Navy today resumed its operation at Ksan, East Jaintia Hills in Meghalaya to retrieve a body from the flooded rat-hole mine and managed to drag it closer to the main shaft with Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs).

�The Indian Navy divers together with National Disaster Response Force started the process to retrieve the body with the ROVs from 11 am today and the body has been pulled near the main shaft,� District Public Relations Officer, R Susngi said.

However, till the filing of this report, the body has not been entirely pulled out. �Due to some obstruction the process would take some time to bring the body out,� Susngi informed.

The Navy had suspended its operations for two days, possibly to get a feedback from the Government and the Supreme Court, if it should continue with its operations.

The reason for this interruption was the body itself, which is highly decomposed and cramped inside a flooded rat-hole mine. The Navy fears that dragging the decomposed body with the ROV would result in its disintegration.

But, the families of the miners in a meeting with the Deputy Commissioner of East Jaintia Hills have insisted that the body be pulled out. Some of the families have said they need the body to be pulled out to give it a decent burial.

The Navy divers have become redundant, when it comes to their area of specialisation. They have been assisting the technical personnel now as they are unable to dive in the mines as the water has not receded, despite continuous pumping out of water.

Susngi further said that today pumps of Coal India Limited, Kirloskar Brothers and the Odisha Fire Service have been working without respite. These pumps have managed to pull out close to 40 lakh litres of water from the mines in the past couple of days.

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