Odisha Fire Services to assist rescue operation for trapped miners in Meghalaya

Updated:1 month, 2 weeks ago IST

Bhubaneswar (Odisha), Dec 28 (ANI): An Indian Air Force transport carrier 'C-130J Super Hercules' (special aircraft) with 20 Odisha Fire Services personnel has left for Shillong from Bhubaneswar on Friday to rescue the trapped miners in Meghalaya. At least 15 miners have been trapped in a coal mine in East Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya for more than two weeks. The attempts by other rescuers including National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team and state authorities to reach the miners have yielded no success so far. The Odisha Fire Service team is equipped with 15 high pressure pumps to drain out water from the mine in which the miners are trapped. Odisha's Special Relief Commissioner had sought the help of Fire and Emergency Service for assistance in the rescue operation following which the Director General of Odisha Fire Service selected a team of 20 trained personnel who have also worked during Kerala flood and deputed them for the emergency duty. According to the authorities, the high water level is proving to be the main obstacle in the rescue efforts.

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