Rescuers waiting for govt nod before retrieving body

SHILLONG, Jan 20: Rescuers at the illegal rat-hole mine in Khloo Ryngksan area under Lumthari village, where 15 miners are trapped since December 13 last year are unable to retrieve the body detected.

“The navy today suspended the pulling of the remains which they tried since yesterday evening as too much disintegration took place with every pull by underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) jaw,” Spokesperson of the rescue operation R Susngi said on Sunday.

Susngi also said that the rescuers are waiting for a direction from the state government before going any further with retrieving the body which is “disintegrating”.

It may be mentioned that it was on January 16 – 34 days after the miners went missing that a body of one of the missing miners was detected.

The video image of the body showed that it was highly decomposed and flesh was already coming off – “disengaging” in official parlance.

Officials apprehended that the body – draped n blue jeans and a red T-shirt – would completely “disintegrate” if attempt was made to pull it out.

Meanwhile, the pumps of the Coal India Limited, KBS Company and Odisha Fire Service, continued with their operation of pumping out water from the abandoned mines near the ill-fated shaft.

The Coal India Limited continued dewatering in the two old shaft and ran their pumps for 23 hours each since Saturday evening till 5 pm on Sinday.

“The two pumps ran simultaneously for a total of 46 hrs and the total discharge of water is approximately 52, 16, 400 litres,” Susngi said.

According to the spokesperson of the rescue operation the KSB operated their pump from 5 pm on Saturday till 5pm on Sunday with a break of one hour for refueling.

He said that pumping altogether went for 23 hours and the total discharge of water is approximately 45, 54, 000 litres.

The Odhisa fire service started their pump at 12 noon on Sunday and continued till 5 pm and the total discharged was approximately 4, 50, 000 liters.

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