34 Days and Counting: How We All Have Failed the Trapped Meghalaya Miners

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34 Days and Counting: How We All Have Failed the Trapped Meghalaya Miners

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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t’s been 34 days and Justina Dkhar, a 45-year-old woman from Lumthari village of Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills District, is waiting for some information on her two sons. She knows that the news, when it comes in, is going to be ominous. Her sons Iong, 20, and Nilam, 22, took up work in the rat-hole mines at Ksan, 15 kilometres away from home, so that they could earn some extra cash before Christmas. Little did they know that the darkness inside the mine would swallow them.

The Dkhar brothers and their 22-year-old cousin crawled inside the 320 feet-deep coal mine along with 12 other miners on December 13, only to be trapped inside after water gushed in. Since then, the first official word, came in only yesterday: Navy divers in search of the miners claim to have detected one body, but the search still goes on.

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