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Survey team in coal mine rescue operations
Staff Correspondent
 SHILLONG, Dec 23 - Meghalaya Survey department conducted a survey of the area surrounding the illegal mine in East Jaintia Hills where miners are trapped in order to find the source from which water is seeping into the mine.

Throughout the day, the officials from the department conducted the survey and tried to find if water from the adjacent Lytein river is getting into the mine.

The Survey officials after conducting the survey will hand over its report to the State Government so that rescue mission can change course and try to plug the source of the water seepage and at the sametime pump out water from the mine.

There is about 70 feet deep water in the mine. Water has not receded even though several pumps have been employed by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) due to the seepage and gradually hope of rescuing the miners is growing slim.

“We are disappointed. Water has not receded though we are trying. We have also not got the additional pumps, which the State Government hopes to get from Coal India,” SK Singh, additional commandant, NDRF, who has been supervising the rescue operation for over a week, said.

He said that Jaswant Singh Gill, an expert in such rescue operations, has suggested to the Government during his recent visit to the site that the source of the water seepage must be identified and plugged first.

Only then the pumping out process would bear results. “The survey team has done their job. They were here the whole day and hopefully by tomorrow we would be able to see their report where the water is seeping in from,” Singh added.

Meanwhile, operations would continue again tomorrow and hopefully the survey report would help the rescue team to change plans. “We will continue the operations tomorrow and see what can be done,” Singh said.

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