Naval divers recover first body from illegal Meghalaya mine

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Shillong: The Navy has recovered the body of one of the 15 miners trapped in an illegal rat hole coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills on Thursday.

News agencies said the divers have recovered the body from a depth of over 200 feet weeks after the miners were trapped in the mine located at Ksan near Lytein river in East Jaintia Hills on December 13, 2018.

The miners could not get out as flood water from a nearby river entered the mine.

News agencies said efforts are on to take out other trapped miners. Sources said the development came a day after the Meghalaya Cabinet met to take stock of the situation.

The Chief Minister Conrad Sangma and Home Minister James Sangma said the rescue operation is still on and efforts are on to fish out the trapped miners.

In the next few days, the district administration and the department concerned will meet the experts who are in ground zero, sources said.

The recovery of the body on Thursday puts to rest all speculation as aggrieved families of the trapped miners can hope to see their loved ones at least for the last time.

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