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15 coal miners meet watery grave

The bodies of the miners are still lying inside the pit and rescue work is on to retrieve the bodies.

 
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Shillong: 

Fifteen coal miners drowned after they accidentally punctured the wall of an abandoned mine in Meghalaya's South Garo Hills, an official said.

District Magistrate R P Marak said the tragedy occurred as the coal pit was filled with several thousand gallons of water at Nengkol.

However, another 15 miners who were in the coal pit managed to escape.

He said though the incident occurred July 6, the district officials came to know of it only Tuesday.

The bodies of the 15 miners are still lying inside the pit and rescue work is on to retrieve the bodies, Marak said.

Coal mine accidents are common in the mountainous state because of unscientific mining commonly known "rat hole mining".

Due to the unscientific coal mining, the water sources of many of rivers, especially in Jaintia Hills district, have turned acidic.

Source: newstrackindia.com

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