Tests show pH level of river, water in mine shaft same

SHILLONG, Dec 18: It was yet another frustrating day for rescuers searching for the survivors in an ilegal coal mine in East Jaintia Hills district.

On Tuesday, the weather was not favourable for search and rescue. The bitter December cold was accompanied by rain which lashed the state.

1st Battalion NDRF assistant commandant SK Singh informed that the pH level of the riverine water, and that of the water inside the mine, and the nearby abandoned mining pits is the same.

According to Singh the water samples were tested at a laboratory in Jowai, West Jaintia Hills which confirmed pH level of the water samples taken from the river near the mine, the mine where the accident happened and the nearby abandoned mines, are the same.

“The test results reveal that the pH level is same. This indicates that the water, which is in the mine shaft, is coming from the river,” Singh said.

He, however said that nobody knows from where the river water was entering the mine.

It may be mentioned that on Monday, the Director of Mines Safety had asked for the examination of the pH level of samples of water of the main shaft of the mine matches with that of the water of river and abandoned quarried nearby.

NDRF assistant commandant informed that there is continuous pumping of the water from the mine shaft.

However, Singh said that with water not receding, mine safety experts has suggested for procuring machines which can pump out at least 500 gallons of water per minute.

But such machines are not available in the region and only few companies in the country manufacture them.

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