More than 13 miners feared dead after they got entrapped by flooding in an illegal coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills.
East Jaintia Hills districts’ Superintendent of Police, Sylvester Nongtngr told the source that the coal mine was located close to River Lytein and being operated illegally. He continued that “The mine filled with water from inside while they were digging it and it collapsed.”
Mr. Sangma said that “we are doing our best to reach out to them. Our information is 13 people were inside at the time of flooding.”
The coal mine has been operated illegally despite a National Green Tribunal ban in place since 2014 in Meghalaya. Earlier this month, anti-mining activist Agnes Kharshiing was attacked in the same district by the accused coal miners.
It is not for the first time that the laborers are engaged in illegal coal mining has been trapped in a mine, reports a Policeman.
Over 15 miners were trapped in an illegal rat-hole coal mine, near the South Garo Hills’ Nangalbibra area in 2012. However, their bodies were never been recovered from the place, said a Policeman.