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The rescue operations for the dozens of miners trapped in coal mines of East Jaintia Hills is on the run, the horrific incident which occured on 13th December 2018. The miners were trapped after water gushed into the abandoned mine located in Ksan village, about 130 km from the state capital Shillong. Our cover story for January 2019 covers every detail of the rat hole mining and the rescue operations undergone for the trapped miners.

The miners' families have demanded that they want the bodies to be taken out as per a Supreme Court order. Kirloskar pumps from the adjoining abandoned shafts are still being used to dewater the mine. None of the body has been found alive after crossing 45 days of tragedy and the chances are yet to impossible, if only any miracle happens. 

For the recent developments happened so far, the Navy team has detected and retrieved the first body which was severely decomposed from the Meghalaya coal mine of number 26 on January 24. The body was pulled out from a 370 deep feet flooded coal mine with the help of an Underwater remotely Operated Vehicle (UROV).

The deceased miner has been identified as Amir Hussain (30), a resident of Chirang district in Assam. The body was handed over to the family members on January 26th, 2019 during the morning hours. Hussain is survived by his mother, wife and three children, aged 2, 7 and 9 years. He was engaged as a coal mine worker from the summer of 2018 and this was his second stint as a coal mine worker. His family also informed that he earned around Rs 60,000 as a coal miner. The Meghalaya government has released Rs 1 Lakh interim relief for the families of the trapped miners.

The rest of the anxious family members of the trapped miners are camping in the district headquarters and visiting the site frequently for any news of their loved ones.

Rashmi Mizar

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