Five workers died in an accident while constructing a deep well in Meghalaya’s West Jaintia Hills district, police said on Monday.

Two others have been rescued from the well at Mihmyntdu village on the outskirts of Jowai town, they said.

A special rescue team reached the spot and recovered the bodies of five persons from different levels of the under-construction, 35-meter-deep well, Fire Service SP A Goenka said.

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“The laborers probably fell unconscious due to the fumes of a pump they were using to draw water,” Goenka said.

The rescued workers are undergoing treatment, the official said. PTI