A total of 17 people were trapped in the mine, the Chongqing municipal government said on its social media account. One person was taken to a hospital, and the others showed no signs of life, the post said.
The fresh accident at Mooknor, Jalyiah village, about 5 km from the district headquarters in East Jaintia Hills, came to light after one Philip Bareh filed a report that his nephew Elad Bareh (26) had been missing from his home since Friday.
While the State Disaster Response Force and National Disaster Rescue Force initially started the rescue operation with limited manpower and machines, Coal India Limited, the Indian Navy and the Odisha fire service joined the rescue operation much later -- on December 27.
The Centre may hope that opening up the coal blocks for commercial exploitation will bring in swift financial benefits for the country’s stagnating economy. However, will the gains really be worth the ecological and human cost they’ll extract?