Live Updates: Navy Divers Find A Body As Search Ops Continue For 15 Trapped Miners

 
Live Updates: Navy Divers Find A Body As Search Ops Continue For 15 Trapped Miners

NEW DELHI: More than a month after 15 miners were trapped in an illegal mine in Meghalaya's East Jaintia hills, Navy divers have detected the body of one person. The body was detected at a depth of nearly 210 feet inside the "rat-hole" mine. 

The rat-hole mine, atop a hillock fully covered with trees in the East Jaintia Hills district, was flooded when water from the nearby Letein river gushed into it, trapping the 15 miners. Rat-hole mining involves digging of narrow tunnels, usually three-four-foot high, for workers to enter and extract coal. The horizontal tunnels are often termed "rat holes" as each just about fits one person.