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Second body found inside Meghalaya mine

January 27, 2019

A second body has been found in the rat-hole mine in Meghalaya. The body, which was in a bad condition, was found deep inside. An Indian Navy spokesperson has confirmed the finding.

The diving team found a second body at 280 feet inside the rat hole mine...the first body was recovered yesterday. - Indian Navy

Fifteen miners were in the rat-hole coal mine in Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills since 13 December. The bodies are being looked for with the help of an underwater remotely operated vehicles. During the search, the Navy team also found spades and a wooden cart.

On Thursday, the body of a coal miner, identified as Amir Hussain, was found. His body was handed over to his family. The families of four of the 15 miners have asked that rescuers retrieve the bodies so that they could perform the last rites.

Officials say the Navy personnel are trying their best to locate the remains. Divers have spotted skeletons inside the mines through their remotely operated vehicles. The water inside the mines has high sulphur content that can decompose bodies very fast.

In January, the Supreme Court had said the search must continue as "miracles do happen". It asked the Centre and the Meghalaya government to consult experts and continue efforts to rescue the miners

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