Meghalaya miners rescue operation LIVE updates: Indian Navy likely to start operation tomorrow
Meghalaya Miners Rescue LIVE Updates: A team from Odisha had left yesterday (Friday) to step up rescue efforts, however, they are yet to reach the spot.
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An assessment team from Kirloskar Pumps (KBL) in Kolkata arrived at the remote site of the accident in Meghalaya on Thursday evening at the behest of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, whose party is in the opposition in the state.15 miners are trapped in the flooded rat-hole Ksan coal mines in East Jaintia Hills district since December 13.
The Meghalaya government has said it will not call off the rescue operation to evacuate the 15 miners trapped inside a coal pit for the last 15 days in the remote Ksan mining area in East Jaintia Hills district.
A team of Odisha fire services department had left yesterday (Friday) to step up rescue efforts, however, they are yet to reach the spot.
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Indian Navy likely to start operation tomorrow: NDRF
Santosh Kumar Singh, Assistant Commandant, NDRF overseeing operations at the rat hole coal mine said a three member team of Indian Navy visited the site. “They did a recce of the spot, spent 30 minutes inside the main pit. They also held a meeting with us and are likely to start operation tomorrow. Now that they are here we will assist them,” he said.
Navy divers join firefighters
A 15-member team of Indian Navy divers and 21 firefighters from Odisha have Meghalaya’s Ksan village on Saturday to assist the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rescuers in evacuating 15 miners who are trapped inside a flooded illegal coal pit for over two weeks now.
The district administration has temporarily suspended pumping of water from the coal pit since December 24 with the two 25 horsepower pumps became ineffective due to continuous operations.
Took Odisha rescue team over 24 hrs to reach
The Odisha fire services team reached the accident spot around 1 pm today to rescue 15 miners trapped inside Meghalaya’s coal mine. It took them over 24 hours to reach the sport owing to lack of support and coordination from local administration.
Odisha rescue team reaches
The Odisha fire services team has reached the spot with 10 high-powered pumps and have begun flushing out water from the mine.
Rescue ops underway
Here are the visuals of operations that underway in Meghalaya to rescue the 15 trapped miners.
Families seek miracle
Rescue workers were trying to reach 15 coal miners trapped underground for 17 days as families prayed for their safe return, but chances of survival looked slim after floodwaters rushed through the illegal “rat-hole” pit in Meghalaya.
The 15 went to work at the mine in Meghalaya on December 13 and have been underground ever since.
“Only God’s grace and some miracle can help them to be alive,” Kyrmen Shylla, Meghalaya’s disaster management minister, told Reuters by telephone from capital Shillong.
Initially told to travel by trucks, then dumpers: Odisha
“Initially we were told that we would be travelling by trucks. Then the plan was changed and it was decided that dumpers would be used to shift the equipment to the accident site, said Sukant Sethi, chief fire officer (Odisha), who is leading the team.
3 helmets recovered
Operations to rescue the trapped miners are underway, three helmets have been recovered from from Ksan mine, near Lytein river, according to reports by news agency ANI.
Lack of coordination and support
Due to total lack of coordination and support from the local administration in Meghalaya, the 21-member team which left Bhubaneswar on Friday is yet to reach the site in East Jaintia Hills district where the miners are trapped.
The team equipped with 10 high-powered pumps to flush out water from the mine reached Guwahati on Friday morning around 11:30 am, but due to lack of transport provided by Meghalaya they had to wait till 5:45 pm to start their 220 km journey.
No food, no blankets: Odisha team
“By the time we reached a primary school (located 25 km from the mine) where we were supposed to spend the night it was 2:00 am on Saturday. There was no person from Meghalaya government’s side who helped us with basic needs,” Sethi said.
“There was no food, blankets or beds for the men to take few hours of rest. We are not used to such cold temperatures in Odisha and had to rush for our mission without carrying enough warm clothes and bedding,” he added.
Delays at every step
The Odisha fire services team equipped with 10 high-powered pumps to flush out water from the mine reached Guwahati on Friday morning around 11:30 am, but due to lack of transport provided by Meghalaya they had to wait till 5:45 pm to start their 220 km journey.
Odisha team 25 km away from spot
The team equipped with 10 high-powered camps to flush out water from the mine reached Guwahati on Friday morning around 11:30 am, but due to lack of transport provided by Meghalaya they had to wait till 5:45 pm to start their 220 km journey to the start.
“By the time we reached a primary school (located 25 km from the mine) where we were supposed to spend the night, it was 2:00 am on Saturday. There was no one from Meghalaya government’s side to helped us,” said Sukant Sethi, chief fire officer (Odisha), leader of the team.
Naval divers on way too
Indian Navy is deploying a 15-member diving team from Visakhapatnam to assist in the rescue operations for the trapped miners in Meghalaya. The team is carrying specialised diving equipment including a re-compression chamber and remotely operated vehicles capable of searching underwater.
The team is expected to arrive on the site on Saturday. An initial assessment to determine an effective response was undertaken by the navy Friday.
20 powerful pumps to reach trapped miners soon
Director general of fire service and commandant general, home guards and director civil defence BK Sharma said the team led by chief fire officer Sukanta Sethi left from Odisha on Friday morning in a special aircraft of the Indian Air Force with 20 high-power pumps.
Odisha team yet to reach spot
For the 15 miners trapped inside a flooded coal mine in Meghalaya since December 13, the team of Odisha fire services department which came equipped with sophisticated equipment is the best hope till date.
Rescue ops enter day 17
15 miners are trapped in the flooded rat-hole Ksan coal mines in East Jaintia Hills district since December 13. Rescue operations are underway.