14-member expert team from Chennai and Hyderabad to reach East Jaintia Hills on Sunday

SHILLONG, Jan 12: A 14-member team of experts will be reaching Ksan village in East Jaintia Hills district on Sunday where 15 miners are trapped in an illegal coal mine since December 13.

According to East Jaintia Hills Deputy Commissioner, FM Dopth the experts from Chennai and Hyderabad team are on their way with equipments and smaller Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (UROV). These equipments will supplement the UROV brought by the Indian Navy.

On Saturday morning the equipments and the experts were airlifted from Chennai. Also Dr Sudhir Kumar scientist, National institute of Hydrology Roorkee will also visit the district.

Spokesperson of the rescue operation, R Susngi informed that on Saturday, another company name KSB, a German company based in Pune joined in the rescue operations by using their 82 HP pump that can discharge 198000 liter per hour.

Meanwhile, on Saturday the high power pump of the Coal India Limited continued with its de- watering from an old shaft nearby the illegal coal mine where the 15 miners are trapped.

The pumps of Coal India Limited were used for 21 hour since Friday evening 6pm till today.

“The discharged of water is approximately 23, 81, 400 liters even as they also continue their preparation for pumping out water from another old shaft,” Susngi said.

Meanwhile, the Odisha Fire Service operated their pumps to deliver water to the stream.

The Odisha Fire Service started pumping water from 11:30am to 5pm with an approximate discharge of 4, 0, 5000 liters.

Susngi also informed that the pumps of Kirloskar Brothers Limited was used to pump out water from the main shaft from Friday evening till 5pm on Saturday and the total discharged of water was 32, 40, 000 liters.

The department of PHE undertake the work to disinfect the contaminate the water from the main shaft by using bleaching powder.

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