Meghalaya mine disaster: Centre tells SC about difficulties in rescue operation

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New Delhi: The Centre has told the apex court that there are difficulties in the rescue operation in the absence of a blueprint of the 355-feet well.

Fifteen miners were trapped in the illegal coal mine in Meghalaya since December 13.

The government on Friday told the apex court that the illegal mine was located near a river. Seepage of water has hindered the rescue operation, it said.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, informed a bench of justices A K Sikri and S Abdul Nazeer about the steps for rescuing the trapped miners at the earliest.

The bench directed the Centre and other authorities to file a status report on the steps taken and progress made in the rescue operation on January 7.

The rat-hole mine situated atop a hillock is covered with trees in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district. It was flooded when water from the nearby Lytein river gushed into it.

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