Workers trapped in India rescued: videos show the moment

Workers trapped in India rescued: videos show the moment

Rescue teams on Tuesday successfully rescued 41 workers trapped 17 days ago in a tunnel under construction in northern India, sparking celebrations by relieved relatives and authorities.

“I felt complete relief and happiness, because the 41 workers who were trapped in the collapse of the Silkyara tunnel were successfully rescued,” Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said on social media site X.

The workers were received one by one by the victorious rescue team and some relatives, Delhi television NDTV showed live, while at the exit of the tunnel some of those gathered passed boxes of ‘laddu’, the Spherical sweets are sometimes served festively.

“This was a well-coordinated multi-agency effort, marking one of the largest rescue operations in recent years. “Many departments and agencies are working together despite facing many challenges.” Gadkari added.

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Workers were trapped in the early hours of November 12 when a section of a tunnel under construction in the northern state of Uttarakhand collapsed, leaving them isolated from the entrance by a blanket of rubble nearly 60 meters deep. thickness.

Since then, and after more than two weeks of drilling, carried out mainly by a tunnel boring machine that broke down on Friday, the last section of excavation to save them was carried out by three groups of miners who rathole, specialized in making their way. into the tunnels, narrow, despite the risk it involves.

Up to 41 ambulances are now waiting outside the tunnel, first taking people to a makeshift hospital at the accident site, before taking them to the district hospital with the help of military helicopters.

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The workers are expected to be very weak although they have been receiving food, water and medicine, as well as oxygen, since the day of the collapse thanks to a narrow tube that connects their entrance hole and survived the collapse.

The rescue of workers, which lasted more than 400 hours (almost 17 days) has experienced several setbacks since its inception that have greatly delayed the deadline the authorities expected to release them alive, following small landslides, metal barriers that prevented drilling, or tunnel collapses boring machine.

“Patience, hard work and faith wins” summed up the head of the Government of the northern state of Uttarakhand, Pushkar Singh Dhami, on the social network X.