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Meghalaya mine: Rescue suspended due to rains, flood

On December 13, as many as 15 workers got trapped in the “rat-hole” mine at Khloo Ryngksan village in East Jaintia Hills district after water from the nearby Lytein river gushed into it.
In this file photo taken on December 29, 2018, Indian National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel gather around a crane as Indian Navy divers are lifted with a pulley during rescue operations to help 15 miners trapped by flooding in an illegal coal mine in Ksan village in Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills district.(AFP/ File photo)
In this file photo taken on December 29, 2018, Indian National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel gather around a crane as Indian Navy divers are lifted with a pulley during rescue operations to help 15 miners trapped by flooding in an illegal coal mine in Ksan village in Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills district.(AFP/ File photo)
Published on Jun 08, 2019 12:24 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Shillong | ByDavid Laitphlang

Second body retrieved from Meghalaya coal mine; 5 spotted so far

The body has been dispatched to Civil Hospital Khliehriat for a post mortem examination and other formalities, Kumar said. He added this was the fifth body to be spotted.
Rescue workers from NDRF and Indian Navy retrieved a second body on Wednesday from the main shaft of the flooded coal mine at Khloo Ryngksan in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district, officials said.(REUTERS)
Rescue workers from NDRF and Indian Navy retrieved a second body on Wednesday from the main shaft of the flooded coal mine at Khloo Ryngksan in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district, officials said.(REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 27, 2019 04:49 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Shillong | ByDavid Laitphlang

Supreme Court seeks details from Meghalaya on illegal mines operating there

Meghalaya has nearly 640 million tonnes of coal reserves. Large-scale illegal and indiscriminate mining of the coal by private landowners and the local community started nearly three decades ago.
Meghalaya has nearly 640 million tonnes of coal reserves.(AFP)
Meghalaya has nearly 640 million tonnes of coal reserves.(AFP)
Published on Feb 08, 2019 11:14 PM IST
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Supreme Court asks govt to continue rescue operations for trapped Meghalaya miners

A bench headed by Justice AK Sikri asked the governments to keep looking for the miners, days after Indian navy’s divers detected the body of a second miner.
A bench headed by Justice AK Sikri asked the governments to keep looking for the miners, days after Indian navy’s divers detected the body of a second miner.(AFP)
A bench headed by Justice AK Sikri asked the governments to keep looking for the miners, days after Indian navy’s divers detected the body of a second miner.(AFP)
Updated on Jan 28, 2019 06:44 PM IST
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Navy detects another body inside Meghalaya’s flooded coal mine

Indian Naval divers on Saturday detected another body inside a 370 feet deep flooded coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district where over a dozen miners remain trapped since December 13, an official said.
Naval divers detected the body of another miner early this morning at a depth of 280 feet inside a rat-hole in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district where over a dozen miners remain trapped since December 13.(ANI Photo)
Naval divers detected the body of another miner early this morning at a depth of 280 feet inside a rat-hole in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district where over a dozen miners remain trapped since December 13.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Jan 26, 2019 11:13 PM IST
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Hindsutan Times, Guwahati | BySadiq Naqvi

First body pulled out of Meghalaya mine, 42 days after 15 workers got stuck

The retrieved body has been handed over to the civil administration and has been sent to the civil hospital Khliehriat for post-mortem.
Rescuers manage to pull out the remains of a dead body which was spotted on January 16.(HT Photo)
Rescuers manage to pull out the remains of a dead body which was spotted on January 16.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 24, 2019 05:08 PM IST
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Guwahati | BySadiq Naqvi

Will try to pull out Meghalaya miner’s body today: State official

The corpse of one of the missing miners was spotted by the navy’s remotely operated vehicle (ROV) in one of the shafts on January 16.
Officials in Meghalaya will make a fresh attempt on Tuesday to pull out the decomposing body of one of the miners trapped in an illegal coal mine in the state’s East Jaintia Hills district since December last year after the Indian Navy suspended its operations to retrieve it.(REUTERS)
Officials in Meghalaya will make a fresh attempt on Tuesday to pull out the decomposing body of one of the miners trapped in an illegal coal mine in the state’s East Jaintia Hills district since December last year after the Indian Navy suspended its operations to retrieve it.(REUTERS)
Published on Jan 22, 2019 10:15 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Shillong/Guwahati | ByDavid Laitphlang and Sadiq Naqvi

Trapped Meghalaya miners may be dead, Supreme Court informed

The Meghalaya government on Monday indicated to the Supreme Court that the workers trapped in an illegal coal mine in the state for more than a month may have died.
Fifteen miners got trapped in a rat-hole mine, located on a hillock fully covered with trees in East Jaintia Hills district, when water from the nearby Lytein river gushed into it on December 13.(Reuters/File Photo)
Fifteen miners got trapped in a rat-hole mine, located on a hillock fully covered with trees in East Jaintia Hills district, when water from the nearby Lytein river gushed into it on December 13.(Reuters/File Photo)
Updated on Jan 21, 2019 11:41 PM IST
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Navy abandons efforts to pull out decomposed body of Meghalaya miner

The Navy divers had spotted the decomposed body of a trapped miner on Wednesday, using an unmanned, remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) at a depth of around 160 feet inside the mine’s main shaft.
The Indian Navy abandoned all efforts on Sunday to pull out the decomposed body of a miner that it spotted four days ago .(REUTERS File)
The Indian Navy abandoned all efforts on Sunday to pull out the decomposed body of a miner that it spotted four days ago .(REUTERS File)
Updated on Jan 20, 2019 11:56 PM IST
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Shillong | BySadiq Navi

Meghalaya miners: Want a decent burial, say families as bodies pulled out of mine ‘fall apart’

The body has been detected 32 days after the miners got trapped inside the mine on December 13 as water gushed in.
East Jaintia Hills: Naval divers look at the captured pictures of one of the 15 miners trapped in illegal rat mines since Dec. 13, in Ksan area of East Jaintia Hills, in Thursday.(PTI)
East Jaintia Hills: Naval divers look at the captured pictures of one of the 15 miners trapped in illegal rat mines since Dec. 13, in Ksan area of East Jaintia Hills, in Thursday.(PTI)
Updated on Jan 18, 2019 10:00 AM IST
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NGT imposes 100 crore fine on Meghalaya govt for failing to curb illegal mining

At least 15 miners are trapped in the 370 foot-deep illegal coal mine in Lumthari village of East Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya since December 13 and all efforts to pump the water out of flooded mine have been in vain.
In this file photo taken on December 30, 2018 Indian Navy divers are lowered into a mine with a pulley during rescue operations to help 15 miners trapped by flooding in an illegal coal mine in Ksan village in Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills district.(AFP File Photo)
In this file photo taken on December 30, 2018 Indian Navy divers are lowered into a mine with a pulley during rescue operations to help 15 miners trapped by flooding in an illegal coal mine in Ksan village in Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills district.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Jan 04, 2019 11:25 PM IST
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No trace of Meghalaya miners, rescue team begins pumping out water

Susngi said the Odisha firefighters will continue dewatering the coal mine on Wednesday to determine the water level at the main shaft.
Indian Navy personnel come out of the coal mine in Ksan, Meghalaya, where at least 15 miners are stuck in a deep mine.(REUTERS)
Indian Navy personnel come out of the coal mine in Ksan, Meghalaya, where at least 15 miners are stuck in a deep mine.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 02, 2019 05:41 PM IST
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Shillong | ByIndo Asian News Service

Divers to resume search for trapped Meghalaya miners tomorrow

The Navy had said on Monday that the search for the Meghalaya miners will be feasible only after the level of the water in the illegal structure comes down.
Operations underway to rescue the trapped miners in East Jaintia Hills on January 1.(Twitter/ANI Photo)
Operations underway to rescue the trapped miners in East Jaintia Hills on January 1.(Twitter/ANI Photo)
Updated on Jan 01, 2019 08:20 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Shillong | BySadiq Naqvi

‘How long can one hold his breath underwater’: Man who narrowly escaped Meghalaya mine flooding

Going by the story of Sahib Ali, at least 17 people are still trapped inside the illegal coal pit as only five narrowly escaped the flooding mine out of the 22 men who went in.
Navy personnel conduct a rescue task at the site of a coal mine collapse at Ksan, in Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya on December 29.(PTI Photo)
Navy personnel conduct a rescue task at the site of a coal mine collapse at Ksan, in Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya on December 29.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Dec 29, 2018 10:00 PM IST
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Shillong | ByPress Trust of India

Meghalaya miners rescue operation LIVE updates: Indian Navy likely to start operation tomorrow

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.Read: Too little, too late? Hopes faint as rescue teams rush to MeghalayaA team of Odisha fire services department had left yesterday (Friday) to step up rescue efforts, however, they are yet to reach the spot. :

Updated on Dec 29, 2018 05:48 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByUtpal Parashar and David Laitphlang

Congress MP’s gaffe in Lok Sabha: Cites miners trapped in ‘Mizoram’ instead of Meghalaya

The miners are said to be trapped in an illegal coal mine at Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district for the past two weeks.
Congress’ Shillong MP Vincent H Pala made a faux pas in the Lok Sabha Thursday when he cited Mizoram instead of Meghalaya.(ANI/Twitter)
Congress’ Shillong MP Vincent H Pala made a faux pas in the Lok Sabha Thursday when he cited Mizoram instead of Meghalaya.(ANI/Twitter)
Updated on Dec 28, 2018 02:34 PM IST
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Rescue operation in Meghalaya LIVE: ‘Water level same as yesterday,’ says NDRF official

An assessment team from Kirloskar Pumps (KBL) in Kolkata arrived at the remote site of the accident on Thursday evening at the behest of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, whose party is in the opposition in Meghalaya.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. Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said Coal India Limited and Kirloskar Brothers’ Limited have offered their support to draw out the water from the 370-ft coal pit so that the rescuers can locate the trapped miners. Here are the live updates:

15 miners are trapped in the flooded rat-hole Ksan coal mines in East Jaintia Hills district since December 13.(AFP)
15 miners are trapped in the flooded rat-hole Ksan coal mines in East Jaintia Hills district since December 13.(AFP)
Updated on Dec 28, 2018 07:38 PM IST
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‘Time running out,’ CM Conrad Sangma seeks high-power submersible pumps to rescue trapped Meghalaya miners

The miners were trapped after water from the nearby Lytein river gushed into the illegal rat-hole mine at Ksan area in Lumthari village.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma Saturday said time was running out for the miners trapped inside a 370-foot illegal coal mine since December 13 and in its last ditch effort to save them, the state government has sought high-power submersible pumps from the Coal India Ltd.(AP)
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma Saturday said time was running out for the miners trapped inside a 370-foot illegal coal mine since December 13 and in its last ditch effort to save them, the state government has sought high-power submersible pumps from the Coal India Ltd.(AP)
Updated on Dec 22, 2018 12:56 PM IST
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Shillong | ByPress Trust of India

17 still trapped in Meghalaya coal mine, says survivor

Sayeb Ali, the 21-year-old survivor, had joined the ill-fated Meghalaya mine only 12 days before the tragedy. “I was working at another mine in the area earlier,” said the 21-year-old, who started working in coal mines as a child and has been engaged in this work for the last eight years.
There are 17 people trapped inside the coal mine, claims a survivor of the December 13 accident in the East Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya.(AP File Photo)
There are 17 people trapped inside the coal mine, claims a survivor of the December 13 accident in the East Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya.(AP File Photo)
Updated on Dec 18, 2018 12:07 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Shillong/Guwahati | ByDavid Laitphlang and Sadiq Naqvi

‘Only three helmets found’: No trace of 13 trapped Meghalaya miners

Despite a four-year-old ban on mining by the National Green Tribunal, mining activity was underway at the site located in Ksan village near Lytein River in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district. On Thursday, the mine collapsed, trapping the 13 people.
Personnel of a rescue team descending into the coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district , where 13 miners were trapped on Thursday, on Sunday(HT Photo)
Personnel of a rescue team descending into the coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district , where 13 miners were trapped on Thursday, on Sunday(HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 17, 2018 12:00 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Shillong | ByDavid Laitphlang

Meghalaya mine owner arrested, hope dips for survival of 13 trapped miners

Despite a four-year-old ban on mining by the National Green Tribunal, mining activity was underway at the site located in Ksan village near Lytein River in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills. On Thursday, the mine collapsed, trapping the 13 people.
A worker at an illegal ‘rat-hole’ mine in Meghalaya (File Photo)(Hindustan Times)
A worker at an illegal ‘rat-hole’ mine in Meghalaya (File Photo)(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Dec 15, 2018 06:29 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Shillong | ByDavid Laitphlang

Thirteen people trapped in ‘rat-hole’ mine in Meghalaya after flooding, rescue ops on

Rescue workers were trying on Friday to reach 13 miners trapped underground in a coal mine in Meghalaya since the previous day, authorities said. The mine is an old, illegal so-called rat-hole mine, they said. Rat-hole mines are common in Meghalaya as they are dug by villagers but are very dangerous as the coal is pulled out from narrow, horizontal seams.
Rescuers work at the site of a coal mine that collapsed in Ksan, in the northeastern Indian state of Meghalaya, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. Thirteen young miners were missing and feared dead following the collapse of a shaft and flooding of a coal mine they were digging illegally in India's remote northeast, police said Friday.(AP)
Rescuers work at the site of a coal mine that collapsed in Ksan, in the northeastern Indian state of Meghalaya, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. Thirteen young miners were missing and feared dead following the collapse of a shaft and flooding of a coal mine they were digging illegally in India's remote northeast, police said Friday.(AP)
Published on Dec 15, 2018 09:06 AM IST
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NPP leader behind attack: Meghalaya woman beaten up by suspected coal mafia

The women came under attack when they were taking pictures of coal-laden trucks Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district on November 8 to expose alleged illegal mining. Seven people, including a woman, have been arrested in the case.
A prominent Meghalaya activist and her friend were beaten up suspected coal mafia in East Jaintia Hills while checking out reports of illegal mining.(File Photo/AFP)
A prominent Meghalaya activist and her friend were beaten up suspected coal mafia in East Jaintia Hills while checking out reports of illegal mining.(File Photo/AFP)
Published on Nov 26, 2018 12:06 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Shillong | ByDavid Laitphlang

Meghalaya social activist beaten up by suspected coal mafia

Agnes Kharshiing, president of the Civil Society Women’s Organization (CSWO) and her friend A Sangma received critical head injuries in the attack which took place at Sohshrieh in Tuber village, about 80 km from Shillong.
A prominent Meghalaya activist and her friend were beaten up suspected coal mafia in East Jaintia Hills while checking out reports of illegal mining (File photo)(AFP)
A prominent Meghalaya activist and her friend were beaten up suspected coal mafia in East Jaintia Hills while checking out reports of illegal mining (File photo)(AFP)
Published on Nov 09, 2018 12:12 AM IST
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