Rescuers begin pumping out water from flooded coalmine; trapped miners' names released

Despite three hours of pumping by the Odisha Fire Service, there was no change in the level of water at the main shaft.

Published: 01st January 2019 07:45 PM  |   Last Updated: 01st January 2019 07:45 PM   |  A+A-

Meghalaya mine tragedy

Rescue operations underway to rescue trapped miners in an illegal coalmine in East Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya. (Photo | EPS)

Express News Service

GUWAHATI: The rescuers on Tuesday began pumping out water from the 380-ft deep flooded rat-hole coalmine in East Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya where at least 15 miners have remained trapped since December 13 and are feared dead.

Despite three hours of pumping by the Odisha Fire Service, there was no change in the level of water at the main shaft.

“The Odisha Fire Service has stopped pumping out water from the old shaft which lies a few yards below the main shaft. After three hours of pumping, the water in the old shaft was found to have descended upto six inches. The Indian Navy divers along with the NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) went down inside the main shaft at 4:30 pm to check the water level there and reported that it has not changed. The Odisha Fire Service will continue dewatering. It is expected that after eight hours of pumping, the water level can be determined,” official sources said.

Rescue operations at Meghalaya coalmine underway. (Photo | EPS)

The dewatering process had begun following the procurement of cable, box and accessories etc by the district authorities and the installation of pumps inside the pit. 

Meanwhile, the authorities released the names of the trapped miners. They are Omor Ali, Mezamur Islam, Mominul Islam, Shirapat Ali, Mozid SK, Raziul Islam, Abdul Kalam (all from West Garo Hills of Meghalaya), Chal Dkhar, Long Dkhar, Nilam Dkhar (all from East Jaintia Hills), Amir Hussain, Monirul Islam, Chaher Islam (all from Chirang district of Assam), Md Samsul Haque of Assam’s Nalbari district and Assh Bahadur Limbu of Assam’s Karbi Anglong district.

READ: From the jaws of death

At least 20 miners had entered the coalmine on December 13. Later, five managed to escape the flood inside the pit. Saheb Ali, who is among the five survivors, claimed 22 miners, not 20, entered the mine that day. He said the trapped miners should be dead by now.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp