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15 miners trapped in coal mines for six days in NE India

KOLKATA, India, July 12 — Chances of survival for 15 miners trapped in a flooded coal pit for the last six days in the north eastern state of Meghalaya in India are bleak, a local television channel in Shillong, state capital reported Thursday.

The miners accidentally punctured the wall of an abandoned mine and their pit was filled with gallons of water in the South Garo Hills district in Meghalaya.

The National Disaster Response Force team immediately started rescue operations but the water level in coal pit did not recede.

Meghalaya has a total coal reserve of 640 million tones. The coal is high in sulphur content and is mostly of sub-bituminous type.

Most of this coal reserve is mined unscientifically by individuals and local communities. Due to the unscientific coal mining, the water sources of many rivers have turned acidic.

The high-sulphur, sub-bituminous coal here is used primarily for power generation and as a source fuel in cement plants in India and Bangladesh. (PNA/Xinhua)

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