The Indian Navy diving team has recovered the second body of a mineworker from the Meghalaya mine in India. 15 mineworkers have been trapped in the mine since 13 December 2018.
According to available reports, the body is decomposed and efforts are on to retrieve it to the top of the mine, using the Navy’s remotely operated vehicle (ROV), with the help of the National Disaster Response Force.
The Indian Navy had recovered the first body from the mine on Thursday, 24 January.
The body has been identified as belonging to Amir Hussain.
The 30-year-old is survived by his mother, wife and three young children (aged 2, 7 and 9 years). According to his family, he had worked in the mines before for a month in 2018 and earned around Rs 60,000 or AUD$1173.
The miners were trapped after water gushed into the illegal mine located in Ksan village, about 130 km from the state capital Shillong. Only five managed to escape.
Earlier on 16 January, a decomposed body of a miner was identified, however, the operation to recover the body was abandoned as it led to “too much disintegration of the body.”
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