MINE TRAGEDY: Water pumped out from two adjoining shafts 

SHILLONG, Jan 3: The NDRF team of the Odisha Fire Service on Thursday pumped out water from two shafts nearby the flooded coal pit where 15 miners have been trapped since December 13.

According to spokesperson of the rescue team, R Susngi, at around 5:10 pm, the personnel of the Odhisha Fire Service stopped their pumps and in the old shaft that was being pumped since yesterday the water level reduced by only 6 inches.

“While in another old shaft where pumping to de-water the shaft started today (Thursday) from 1:20 pm till 5 pm the water level reduced to 13 inches,” Susngi said.

It may be mentioned that on Wednesday, the rescuers began pumping out water from an old shaft nearby the flooded coal pit when the miners are trapped.

“Yesterday the water recedes by 1.4 feet (16 inches) but it was found on Thursday morning that the water in the old shaft rose again. To tackle this problem the fire service used one more pump to boost the discharge,” the spokesperson informed.

It is likely that from Friday, the high power pumps brought by the Kirloskar Brothers and those of the Coal India Limited will be put to use for the rescue operation.

Meanwhile, Susngi also said that the Coal India Limited team is preparing to install the high power pumps even as he added that the team Kirloskar at present prepared their submersible pump to be inserted inside the main shaft.

The spokesperson also stated that Coal India Limited is preparing in full swing to install their pumps.

It may be mentioned that, these high capacity submersible pumps of 100 horsepower each can pump out 500 gallons of water per minute.

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