In Meghalaya, the ongoing rescue operation at Umpleng coal mine tragedy in East Jaintia Hills district has once again faced difficulty due to inclement weather conditions in the past few days.
Over a week now, the expert divers belonging to the Indian Navy, National Disaster Response Force and the State Disaster Response Force are facing difficulty to dive into the 500 feet pit with the 200 feet water which has increased due to heavy rains.
Disaster Management Minister Kyrmen Shylla informed that heavy rains have disrupted the operation and pumping out the water has been difficult. The Minister further said that approximately 20 to 25 lakh rupees have been spent till date on the rescue operation. The operation is expected to continue to retrieve the remaining miners.
It may be mentioned that the mining accident took place on 30th of May, where five people got trapped inside the mine. So far, three bodies have been recovered from the rat-hole.