India races against the clock to rescue ‘rat-hole’ miners


Indian rescuers desperately battled rising water levels and a lack of effective machinery Tuesday in a race against the clock to reach 15 miners trapped for nearly two weeks in a flooded mineshaft. The so-called “rat-hole” diggers — men who risk their lives working in illegal mines — were lost on December 13 after water gushed in from a nearby river, in the remote northeastern state of Meghalaya. Dozens of emergency workers have since been racing against time to rescue the miners from a 106 metre (330-foot) shaft. There has been no contact with the workers but their families are clinging…

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