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Rescue operation under way in India to save 40 workers trapped after tunnel collapse [updated]


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A huge operation is under way to rescue 40 construction workers trapped after a tunnel partially collapsed in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

The entrance to the Silkyara tunnel, which was under construction as part of a road project in Uttarkashi district, collapsed in the early hours of Sunday morning while dozens of workers were inside.

On Monday, officials said contact had been made with the trapped workers using walkie talkies, and that all those inside were alive. Funnels were inserted through the collapsed construction to get them oxygen and compressed food packets.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/nov/13/rescue-operation-under-way-in-india-to-save-workers-trapped-after-tunnel-collapse

Officials say that it could take several hours before the debris is cleared and that they might only be able to reach the trapped workers by Monday evening.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-67400429

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I just saw this on this evening's news. It sounds like they will be able to get them out. Godspeed to them.

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  • The title was changed to Rescue operation under way in India to save 40 workers trapped after tunnel collapse [updated]

Uttarakhand tunnel collapse: Drilling resumes to save trapped Indian workers

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Drilling has resumed near the mouth of a tunnel in India's Uttarakhand state where 41 workers have been trapped for 10 days.

Work had been suspended on Friday after rescuers heard a cracking sound while drilling.

Officials say other plans to rescue the men, including drilling down from the mountain top, are also on track.

The workers were building the tunnel when a part of it caved it on 12 November due to a landslide.

Read More: ➡️ BBC News

 

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Uttarakhand tunnel collapse: Last-minute snag delays rescue of trapped workers

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The operation to rescue 41 workers trapped inside a tunnel in India's Uttarakhand state has resumed after hitting a snag, officials say.

They hope to free the workers in the next 10-12 hours if things go to plan.

The workers have been inside the tunnel since 12 November after a part of it caved in due to a landslide.

On Wednesday, the operation to rescue them hit a snag after a drilling machine encountered a steel structure it could not cut through.

Read More: ➡️ BBC News

 

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Twice In 2 Days: Drilling Stops In Tunnel After Machine Hits Metal Object

In the second such setback in two days, drilling at the Uttarakhand tunnel where 41 labourers are trapped had to be stopped on Friday evening after the auger machine encountered a metallic object. The blades of the machine had hit a pipe on Thursday evening and drilling had resumed after 24 hours, only to be stopped again.

Addressing a press conference earlier in the day, senior officials had said only 10-12 metres of drilling was left for the rescuers to reach the trapped construction workers and that ground penetrating radar had revealed that there were likely to be no major metal obstacles for the next five metres.

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/twice-in-2-days-drilling-stops-in-tunnel-after-machine-hits-metal-object-4603904

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Rescuers break through to trapped India tunnel workers

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  • Rescuers say they have broken through to 41 workers, trapped in a tunnel in Uttarakhand state since 12 November
  • The men became stuck after a landslide nearby brought down a mountain of debris - none are thought injured
  • They will now be extracted one by one via a 90cm diameter pipe inserted through the rubble of the collapsed tunnel
  • Having to cut through metal rods has repeatedly impeded the rescue, and loose soil and hard rock have slowed progress
  • Last Friday, officials said the workers would be out in a matter of hours - until a giant drill broke down inside the tunnel
  • Authorities have been supplying the men with oxygen, food and water through a separate narrow pipe

Read More: ➡️ BBC News

 

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Uttarakhand tunnel collapse: Rescuers free 41 trapped workers

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Rescuers in India have freed 41 workers who had been trapped in a collapsed Himalayan tunnel for 17 days.

Miners drilled the final section by hand to reach the workers in the 4.5km (3-mile) tunnel in Uttarakhand.

The men, who were brought out in wheeled stretchers through a 90cm (3ft) wide pipe, were taken to hospital for check-ups. No one was injured.

Marathon efforts to free them from the Silkyara tunnel which collapsed on 12 November overcame numerous setbacks.

Read More: ➡️ BBC News

 

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