A rescue operation launched to rescue over 14 people trapped inside a flooded "rat-hole" mine in Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills was disrupted due to heavy rain and strong winds today. Five days have passed since the operation's launch, but nobody has been rescued yet. Divers have only succeeded in recovering three helmets until now, sources said. The illegal coal mine at Ksan in the district's Saipung area had collapsed on December 12, following which it was flooded by water from the adjacent Lytein river. Although the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) are jointly trying to rescue the miners, it is feared that they may already be dead.