Hundreds of miners trapped in India by power outage

Posted Jul 31, 2012 by Anne Sewell
While 600 million people in India suffer without electricity, hundreds of miners are trapped underground. Officials are attempting a rescue operation.
File photo: Coal Miner at work
File photo: Coal Miner at work
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Digital Journal reported on the power outage in northern India, which initially affected 300 million, but is today affecting 600 million people in the country.
When a massive power failure knocked out electricity to the country, the chief minister of West Bengal state, Mamata Banjeree, announced that hundreds of miners are trapped today in eastern India.
Banjeree said, "We are trying to rescue the coal miners. All efforts are on to resume power supplies. You need power supplies to run the lifts in the underground mines."
She further said that hundred of miners are trapped in Burdwan, around 180 kilometers northwest of Kolkata. The mines are owned by Eastern Coalfields and are government-run.