India, Jan. 12 -- A month after 15 coal miners were trapped by sudden flooding in an illegal rathole mine at Khloo Ryngksan in Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills district, the state government is now considering ceasing the rescue operation.

On Friday, chief minister Conrad Sangma said: "It is becoming a gargantuan task. Every day, we pump out litres and litres of water, but the very next day, a recharge (of water in the mine) takes place. I have asked Coal India and Kirloskar Brothers to continue operations for at least 15 hours today and, subject to a report, we will take a call." He?admitted chances of the trapped miners being still alive are slim.

The CM's comments came on Friday, the 29th day since the mining disaster. On the same day,...