Forty workers trapped in the tunnel are alive.Senior National Disaster Response Force Commander Karamvir Singh Bhandari said in a statement on Monday (November 13). “We sent them water and food”he added.
The collapse occurred early Sunday morning during relief in the southern Himalayan state of Uttarakhand.
“About 200 meters of tunnel collapsed”Durgesh Rathodi, an emergency services official who visited the scene, told Agence France-Presse. “Forty or forty-one workers are trapped inside. Oxygen is supplied through the rubble, but more rubble falls as rescuers attempt to clear the obstruction. »
The 4.5 km Silkyara Bend-Barkot Tunnel is being constructed to facilitate connectivity between two important Hindu shrines, Yamunotri Temple and Uttarkashi Temple. Photos released by rescue teams showed large concrete blocks blocking the tunnel, with melted metal bars on the roof poking out from the rubble.
Pray to God for the workers trapped in the tunnel to come out safelyUttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami wrote. At X (formerly Twitter). Accidents at large infrastructure construction sites are common in India.
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