Meghalaya mine tragedy: Second body detected

Meghalaya mine tragedy: Second body detected

 The body of Amir Hussain handed over to his family on Friday. DH photo

Navy divers detected the second body from the flooded coal mine in Meghalaya on Saturday morning. Deputy commissioner of East Jaintia Hills district, Federick M Dopth said the body was retrieved from under 280 feet deep water around 3 AM. The body is yet to be identified.

A total of 15 miners got trapped in the 350-feet deep mine on December 13 after they entered it to extract coal. The miners dug horizontal holes inside the vertical shaft and crawled inside to extract coal in the illegal mine. They got trapped after water entered from nearby shafts, which probably are interconnected underneath.  

The first body was found on Thursday, which was identified as that of Amir Hussain of Chirang district of Assam. The body was handed over to the family. 

Efforts are on to pull out rest of the bodies.