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13 feared dead in Meghalaya coal mine

Bodies are yet to be recovered

At least 13 miners are feared dead in a coal mine accident in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district on Thursday.

District police officials said the miners were trapped inside the coal mine at Ksan near Lytein river after they accidentally cut through an adjoining abandoned mine filled with water.

District Superintendent of Police Sylvester Nongtnger said the mine appeared to be old. “Work in the mine probably started a few days ago. The miners could be dead, but bodies have not been recovered yet,” he said.

Water was being pumped out with a generator and the mine owner was being identified. Three of the trapped miners were locals.

The National Green Tribunal has banned unscientific and unsafe rat-hole coal mining in Meghalaya since 2014. A case has been registered against unknown people for their involvement in illegal mining of coal.

This is not the first such incident involving illegal miners in Meghalaya.

At least 15 miners were trapped in an illegal rat-hole coal mine in South Garo Hills in 2012, officials said. Their bodies were never recovered.

(With inputs from PTI)

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