ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Dead Five

various functionaries of Coal India (CIL) and its subsidiary, Eastern Coalfields (ECL), following the rescue of 66 of 71 miners trapped inside the Mahavir colliery, it is perhaps too much to expect them to dwell on the more unpleasant fact that five people have nevertheless been killed in an episode that was entirely avoidable. The accident occurred when fissures developed in the roof of the Narayankuri seam due to blasting operations. The result was a powerful rush of water from the Niga seam containing 50 million gallons of water, which lies 26 metres above the Narayankuri seam. Of the 134 miners working in the seam 63 managed to escape being trapped by the incoming water. Of the 71 who were trapped inside the mine 66 were rescued after 77 hours. The remaining five arc presumed dead.

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