Shillong, January 11: The water level in the rat-hole mine remained unchanged even after draining out 28 lakh litres of water by the Navy divers from the main shaft where 15 miners are trapped.
According to officials, the rescuers have been using pumps from Coal India Ltd., Kirloskar Brothers Ltd. and Odisha Fire Services and have managed to pump out 2.1 crore litres of water from the mines, including the main shaft and the abandoned ones in the nearby which might be interconnected to it, till Thursday.
Operation spokesperson R Susngi informed that due to the unchanged water level in the mines, the rescue personnel are clueless as to where to look for the miners.
So far the Navy has conducted searches in at least 6 mines, including the main shaft.
It may be recalled that the miners have been trapped in a 370-feet deep illegal mine in Lumthari village in East Jaintia Hills since December 13, 2018.