- The tunnel under construction collapsed on the morning of November 12.
- A team of more than 200 people was involved in the 24-hour rescue operation.
- Difficulty in protecting against landslides during debris removal
40 laborers are trapped in an under-construction tunnel (Uttarkashi Tunnel Collapse) in Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi for the past 60 hours. The tunnel collapsed on November 12. The trapped laborers are from Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. A team of more than 200 people from National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), NDRF, SDRF, ITBP, BRO and National Highways are carrying out 24-hour rescue operations. Oxygen is being supplied to workers through pipes. Food and water are also provided. Meanwhile, an Uttarakhand laborer trapped in a tunnel managed to speak to his son for a few seconds on Tuesday. During this time, the laborer asked his son about the condition of the rest of the family and told him not to worry. They will come home safe. He said he was helping 39 other people trapped with him to keep their spirits up.
40 laborers trapped in Uttarakhand tunnel, CM Dhami reached the scene and said- All possible efforts are being made to save the laborers.
NDTV spoke to laborer Negi’s son Akash on Tuesday. He said, “I spoke to my father through the pipe. The pipe has been installed so that oxygen can reach the trapped workers properly.” Akash explains, “My father works as a watchman. I spoke to him today. He said he was helping to keep everyone’s morale high. He asked me not to worry everyone in the house. My father said someone got hurt. No. There was an accident and they were getting enough food and water. The engineers told me they would be rescued in a few hours. I hope so.”
The tunnel is being constructed under the Chardham project
Under the Chardham project, this tunnel is being constructed between Silkyara and Dandalgaon on the Brahmakhal and Yamunotri National Highways. Atul Kumar, technical director of NHIDCL, said on Monday that while removing debris from the tunnel, soil is continuously flowing from above. Due to which the rescue work is getting difficult. We have now planned to evacuate the workers through steel pipes.
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Workers are trapped in the buffer zone
Officials said the workers are stuck in the buffer zone and have enough space to move around. “They have about 400 meters of buffer space to move and breathe,” a disaster response official said.
40 workers still trapped in Uttarakhand tunnel, rescue may take another two days