‘Pray to god, oxygen supplied through debris’: Rescue operation underway to save 40 workers in Uttarkashi tunnel

Rescue efforts are underway to save 40 workers trapped inside an under-construction tunnel that collapsed in Uttarkashi district. Oxygen is being supplied to the trapped workers, but more rubble is falling as rescuers try to remove the obstruction.

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Updated13 Nov 2023, 08:46 AM IST
Uttarkashi, Nov 12 (ANI): State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and Police Revenue teams conduct a rescue operation at an under-construction tunnel from Silkyara to Dandalgaon that collapsed, in Uttarkashi on Saturday. (ANI Photo)
Uttarkashi, Nov 12 (ANI): State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and Police Revenue teams conduct a rescue operation at an under-construction tunnel from Silkyara to Dandalgaon that collapsed, in Uttarkashi on Saturday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)

Rescue efforts are currently underway to save 40 workers after 200 metres of an under-construction tunnel in Uttarkashi collapsed on Sunday. The tunnel had collapsed early on Sunday after a group of workers were going while their replacements were coming in.

A state disaster response official, Durgesh Rathodi told news agency AFP, "About 40 to 41 workers are trapped inside. Oxygen is being supplied through the debris, but more rubble is coming down as rescuers try to remove the obstruction."

Rathodi noted that a message has been sent to the trapped workers through an oxygen pumping tube to reassure them that every effort is being made to ensure their safety. She said no response to the message has been received so far.

‘Pray to God’:

Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami while sharing the news on X (formerly Twitter) wrote, “News of breakage of a part of the tunnel under construction between Silkyara-Dandalgaon in Uttarkashi has been received. Rescue operation is being conducted by the teams of SDRF, NDRF and local police administration to evacuate all the workers safely. After talking to the District Magistrate in this matter, instructions have been given to speed up the rescue mission.”

“I pray to God for the safe exit of all the employees trapped in the tunnel.” CM Dhami wrote.

In the latest update on the tunnel collapse, Prashant Kumar, Circle Officer of Uttarkashi told ANI, "40 people are trapped inside the tunnel. All are safe, we have provided oxygen and water to them..."

“The present situation is, that yesterday we established communication with the people trapped inside the tunnel. We have moved around 15 mtrs inside the tunnel, and around 35 mtrs are still to be covered. Everyone is safe, we have provided oxygen and water to them. We are making our way sideways to go inside the tunnel. After establishing communication, around 40 people are trapped inside...” Kumar added.

Uttarkashi District Magistrate Abhishek Ruhela had said on Sunday that the priority of the administration is to evacuate workers trapped inside the under-construction tunnel. Ruhela also cancelled leaves of all officers of the district and ordered them to report to their workplace immediately while being ready round the clock for relief and rescue work, reported ANI.

Uttarkashi SP Arpan Yaduvanshi had earlier told ANI that a part of the under-construction tunnel that connects Silkyara to Dandalgaon collapsed on Saturday Night, leading to the entrapment of around 40 workers under the debris. The rescue work is currently being handled by a team of the State Disaster Response Team (SDRF) and the local police.

(With inputs from agencies)

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First Published:13 Nov 2023, 08:46 AM IST
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