It has been 5 days since 13 people got trapped into an illegal rat-hole coal mine in the East Jayantia Hills of Meghalaya. The NDRF and SDRF team are being unable to rescue the ones trapped, as the 370 feet deep trench is filled with 70 feet deep water and coal dust. The Chief Minister of the state Conrad Sangma has now seemed for more help from the centre to rescue the people.
Sangma said that he has spoken to the Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju for more help and the later have assured for help. He also said the water inside the mine is being the biggest hurdle. The inflow is of water is still so fast that they are unable to fetch enough water out so that the rescuers can dive into the water and rescue the ones trapped.
Sangma also said that he will stick to his statement that there is no illegal coal mining in the state and whenever anything related to it is reported, the government takes action. he states that this particular site is in a remote area and it is not possible for the police and administration to keep an eye on each and every places of entire Meghalaya. He said he is hopeful about the survival of those 13 people. But nothing more can be said right now.
As of now, 72 NDRF and 20 SDRF members have been deployed to carry out the rescue operation.