Shillong, May 3, 2019
After five months, the families of the trapped coal miners in a rat-hole mine in the state of Meghalaya have agreed to call off the search operation and the state government on May 2nd, 2019 informed the Supreme Court about the families decision.
According to media reports, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong had said that the government had filed an affidavit in the court on the matter and have also attached the letters of consent from the families of the miners.
It may be mentioned, a total of 15 miners got trapped in a coal mine located in the East Jaintia Hills district, on December 13th, 2018 and a search operation was initiated to rescue the trapped miners. Rescue personnel from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and the Indian Navy are engaged from five months now.
On May 1st, 2019, the rescue operation came to a halt as the Lytein river is in spate following incessant rainfall in the region, as per reports.