- The workers have been trapped in the tunnel for over 70 hours
- Landslides hampered rescue operations
- The administration is trying to evict the workers
All possible efforts are being made to rescue 40 laborers trapped in Uttarkashi tunnel. Rescue operation is going on for more than 70 hours to get the trapped laborers out of this tunnel. However, the speed of rescue operations has definitely been affected due to landslides near the incident site.
Landslides compounded the problem
Officials involved in rescue operations tried to deliver food and oxygen to workers trapped by steel piles amid the debris inside the tunnel. But they were forced to remove the machine due to a landslide on Tuesday night. However, efforts are being resumed to deliver food and essential materials to the workers.
The relief and rescue team is trying to make a path for the trapped workers with the help of a drilling machine so that the workers can get out with its help. Officials associated with the rescue team said that up to 21 meters of debris has been cleared but 19 meters is yet to be cleared.
The District Magistrate claimed
After visiting the accident site on Tuesday evening, he said that if everything goes according to plan, the trapped laborers will be rescued by Wednesday. But in the videos that have surfaced now, the rescue team is seen destroying the drilling machine and the built platform. In an update, the State Disaster Response Force said that work is underway to install a new drilling machine.
The huge pile of concrete compounded the problem
Let us tell you that in the video of the incident, huge piles of concrete are seen blocking the tunnel, metal rods twisted from its broken roof are buried in the debris, causing more difficulties for the rescuers. The workers trapped in the debris are mostly from Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.
It may be noted that initially the rescue team passed a paper note through the pipe. When the paper went in, the walkie talkie slipped down through the same pipe. Because cellphone reception was impossible behind the rock wall.