To save its trapped miners, India should have learned from the Thailand cave rescue

On Dec. 13, at least 15 Indian workers went down an illegal “rat hole” coal mine in the Jaintia Hills district of the northeastern state of Meghalaya. Around two weeks later, they are yet to make it out safely after having reportedly struck an underground water source that flooded the 370-feet-deep mine.

Over the past few days, teams from India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been scrambling to rescue the trapped miners. But the operation has struggled to make any...

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