Pumping of water to be halted to help retrieve body

SHILLONG, Feb 3: Rescuers at the illegal rat-hole mine in Ksan Ryngkhloo area in Lumthari village in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia hills district where 15 miners were trapped since December 13 last year will have to stop pumping of water on Sunday night so that the second body detected by Indian navy can be retrieved.

According to rescue officials this is being done at the request of the captain of Indian navy which may help the operation by underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV).

Spokesperson of the rescue operation R Susngi said, “From the video/camera of ROV it is noted today that there is a lot of under current flow of water inside the rat holes which might have contributed to the turbidity.”

It is for this reason that the Indian navy divers have not been able to retrieve the second body that was detected on the morning of January 26.

So far only one body has been retrieved from the flooded mine.

The body has been identified as that of Amir Hussain of Chirang district in Assam.

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