Indian rescue operation in progress to free miners trapped in flooded coal mine

29 December 2018

Indian rescue workers were trying to reach 15 coal miners trapped underground for over two weeks on December 28 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 the northeastern state of Meghalaya on December 13 and have been underground ever since. a team of divers had gone down into the flooded coal mine to examine water level and hadn't found any sign of the trapped miners, Assistant Commandant at National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said. A team of about 100 NDRF experts have been camping at the mine site but their operations have been hampered by lack of sophisticated equipment.