Shillong, Jan 3 (LocalWire) Odisha fire personnel on Thursday began dewatering a shaft near the main shaft of a Meghalaya coal mine where at least 15 miners are reportedly trapped since Dec 13.
While fate of the miners are unknown, official spokesperson Reginald Susngi said Odisha firemen started dewatering the shaft at East Jaintia Hills district on Wednesday.
“The dewatering is being continued on Thursday.
Water level receded by 1.4 feet on Wednsday, but again got filled up on Thursday. Hence, today, they are using one more pump for the process,” said Susngi.
A 21-member team of Odisha Fire Service was sent Meghalaya in December to rescue the labourers trapped in the mine.
The team, led by Chief Fire Officer (CFO) Sukanta Sethi, left for the mission in a special aircraft, along with high-end equipment, from Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is engaged in tracing them.
However, chances of their survival is thin, said official sources.