This Article is From Dec 29, 2018

Meghalaya Rescue Operation Updates: Navy Divers, High-Pressure Pumps To Reach Site Today

Trucks carrying high-power pumps are expected to reach the mine by today evening, say sources.

Meghalaya Rescue Operation Updates: Navy Divers, High-Pressure Pumps To Reach Site Today

The low-powered pumps being used to suck out water failed to rise to the occasion.

New Delhi:

As the search operations for the 15 miners trapped in the rat-hole mine in Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills enters the third week, a heavy transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force carrying 10 high-power pumps landed at the Assam's Guwahati airport on Friday. 

Rescue operations were suspended on Monday, after the low-powered pumps being used to suck out water failed to rise to the occasion.

The high-power pumps had arrived in Guwahati, three weeks after the mine collapsed on December 13. The high-capacity pumps, supplied by Coal India, are special pumps being brought from Coal India mines in Asansol in West Bengal and Dhanbad in Jharkhand. 

"Pumps have have reached East Jaintia hills, will be taken to accident site today," said Meghalaya police

The high-pressure pumps are being transported by road to Lumthari village in Meghalaya. The trucks will cover a distance of 220 km to the mine and expected to reach the site today evening, sources said. Fifteen Navy divers have also been airlifted from Visakhapatnam to join the rescue operations and an initial assessment to determine an effective response was undertaken by the Navy on Friday.  
The illegal mine has no map, which might lead to delay in the operations, say sources.

Here are the Updates on Meghalaya rescue operation:

Dec 29, 2018 15:19 (IST)
Amid the ongoing rescue operations Odisha fire service team reaches spot. The advance team of the Navy is already at spot.
Dec 29, 2018 13:29 (IST)
Pumps on the way
The pumps are on the way, say sources. The NDRF officer said the rescue team found the water level too high for diving even on the first day. 

"The state government tried using low-capacity pumps to suck out the water, but to no avail. A request for high-powered pumps was sent to the centre on December 18," he added.
Dec 29, 2018 12:21 (IST)
A 15-member diving team of the Navy has flown in from Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and are on their way to the mine.
Dec 29, 2018 11:09 (IST)
Three helmets have been recovered
Dec 29, 2018 10:24 (IST)
Operations to rescue 13 trapped miners underway in Khelerihaat for the 18th day.  SK Singh, Asst Commandant NDRF, says "three helmets have been recovered"

Dec 29, 2018 10:14 (IST)
A team of heavy pump-maker Kirloskar Brothers Ltd is at the mine on a survey mission, sources said.