‘Is there any chance they are alive?’: the forgotten Indian ‘rathole’ miners trapped for weeks underground

Saheb Ali felt an icy wind, saw a wall of water hurtling towards him and desperately held on to an electric cable to avoid becoming one of the 15 men trapped for more than two weeks in a remote Indian mine.
The missing workers were cut off when water from a river poured into the illegal Ksan mine – a disaster that has made headlines amid increasingly desperate efforts to save the group. Among them were three of Saheb’s friends – fellow so-called rathole miners from the same…