Rescue Mission Underway at Silkyara Tunnel in Uttarakhand, India
A dramatic rescue operation is currently taking place at the Silkyara tunnel in Uttarakhand, India, where 41 workers have been trapped since the tunnel collapsed on November 12. The workers, who are from poor states in the north and east of India, have been receiving essential supplies through a small pipe, including light, oxygen, dry food, water, and medicines. However, concerns are growing about how long they can survive with the limited food they have access to.
Amidst the dire situation, there are some positive developments. Rescuers have successfully pushed through a new pipeline to deliver cooked food to the trapped workers, providing them with much-needed nutrition. This marks a significant step forward in ensuring their well-being until they can be brought to safety.
Preparations are also underway to start vertical drilling as a means to extract the workers from their precarious situation. Five new plans are being explored to free them, including vertical drilling from the top of the mountain. The arrival of new heavy machines for vertical drilling is expected within the next couple of days.
However, the rescue efforts have not been without their challenges. Horizontal drilling through the debris had been suspended due to a snag in the machine and fears of a fresh collapse. Now, with the creation of the new pipeline, horizontal drilling will resume in hopes of providing a way out for the trapped workers.
Authorities are yet to determine the cause of the tunnel collapse. The region is known for its vulnerability to natural disasters such as landslides, earthquakes, and floods, which may have played a role in the incident.
The situation has prompted the arrival of desperate family members of nine of the trapped workers, who are anxiously waiting for any news about their loved ones. One of the workers’ brothers questioned if the government is doing enough to save them, highlighting the mounting frustration and concern among families.
As the rescue mission continues, the hopes and prayers of the nation are with the trapped workers and their families. Efforts are being made to ensure their survival and safe return, with every possible avenue being explored to bring them to safety.
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