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Uttarkashi tunnel rescue LIVE updates: Survivors reach AIIMS Rishikesh via IAF's Chinook aircraft

Uttarkashi tunnel rescue updates: On 28 November, all the trapped construction workers emerged dazed and smiling after the prolonged rescue operation that overcame several setbacks. 
  • Locals, relatives, and government officials erupted in joy, set off firecrackers
  • Uttarkashi tunnel rescue: Indian Air Force's Chinook helicopter airlifts workers, who were rescued from a tunnel which collapsed in Uttarkashi, to AIIMS Rishikesh hospital. (REUTERS)Premium
    Uttarkashi tunnel rescue: Indian Air Force's Chinook helicopter airlifts workers, who were rescued from a tunnel which collapsed in Uttarkashi, to AIIMS Rishikesh hospital. (REUTERS)

    Uttarkashi tunnel rescue: The ordeals of 41 trapped labourers in Uttarkashi's tunnel ended on Tuesday. The 41 construction workers got trapped inside the Silkyara tunnel in Uttarkashi on the morning of the Diwali festival, that is, 12 November this year. However, on 28 November, all the trapped construction workers emerged dazed and smiling after the prolonged rescue operation that overcame several setbacks. Locals, relatives, and government officials erupted in joy, set off firecrackers, and shouted “Bharat Mata ki Jai" — Hindi for “Long live mother India — as happy workers walked out after receiving a brief checkup by doctors. Officials hung garlands around their necks as the crowd cheered. Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to each trapped labourers on the phone. The Prime Minister raised the bravery and determination of rescuers involved in the Silkyara tunnel operation, saying that they have given new life to the labourers. The mission has set an "example of humanity and teamwork," he added.

    Catch the latest updates on the Uttarkashi tunnel rescue work here

    29 Nov 2023, 04:08:02 PM IST

    Prime Minister was very emotional in cabinet: Anurag Thakur

    After announcing the union cabinet decisions, Union Minister Anurag Thakur says, "This matter (Uttarkashi tunnel rescue) did come before the cabinet and the Prime Minister was very emotional. The prayers of the whole of government and the entire country were with them. All kinds of efforts were made to save every single life. Even during election campaigning, he used to seek information from the (Uttarakhand) Chief Minister twice a day...The workers have shown us what is team spirit and leadership abilities..." 

    29 Nov 2023, 03:36:54 PM IST

    Uttarakhand CM Dhami announces cash incentive for all personnel involved in Slikyara rescue operation

    Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has announced that an incentive amount of 50,000 each will be given to all the personnel working in the rescue operation inside the Silkyara Tunnel.

    Earlier, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami met the rescued workers from the Silkyara tunnel at Chinyalisaur Hospital on Wednesday and said that workers have been completely examined and they are healthy.

    "I have just met everyone and everyone is healthy and all of their family members are happy. They have been fully examined and there is no health problem as such," said Dhami.

    29 Nov 2023, 02:43:33 PM IST

    Uttarkashi tunnel collapse: 'Bathing, eating, defecation..,' workers tell ordeal

    Rescued workers described the horror of their ordeal and the hopes and prayers that kept them strong.

    "After three or four days inside the collapsed tunnel, and the rescue team had failed to reach us, the reality is that our confidence and faith were at a low level," rescued worker Deepak Kumar said.

    Chamra Oraon, 32, from Jharkhand state, described the horror he felt when he heard a thud and debris began to fall deep inside the mountain road tunnel on November 12 -- and the terror as the rock fall blocked the only route out with tonnes of rubble.

    "I ran for my life but got stuck on the wrong side," Oraon said.

    "As it became clear we would be there for a long time, we grew restless, hungry. But we prayed silently for help," he added.

    Initially, it was only small packets of puffed rice and seeds, but days later, the tube was widened to be able to send proper meals of lentils and rice, packed into plastic bottles, and sent down the chute.

    "After food items were sent through pipes things improved," said Subodh Kumar Verma.

    On defecation, Oraon told Aaj Tak that the tunnel was big so they had assigned a separate area for it.

    29 Nov 2023, 02:20:43 PM IST

    Uttarkashi tunnel collapse: Ambulances arrive as IAF's aircraft Chinook lands in Rishikesh

    IAF's transport aircraft, carrying 41 rescued workers, has landed in Rishikesh. Ambulances have arrived near the landing site that will take the workers to AIIMS hospital.

    29 Nov 2023, 01:59:23 PM IST

    Uttarkashi tunnel rescue: Rescued worker Gabbar Singh's selfless word, 'I am senior-most...will be the last to come out'

    Gabbar Singh Negi, one of the rescued workers, decided to come last in the queue during the Uttarkashi tunnel rescue operation. The brave and selfless worker told NDTV, "'I am senior-most... I will be the last to come out...".

    Negi, who was born 260 km away in Pauri Garhwal district, was brushed by death, sustaining only minor injuries.

    Uttarkashi tunnel rescue: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami hugs Gabbar Singh Negi who got rescued from the collapsed Silkyara tunnel on Tuesday.
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    Uttarkashi tunnel rescue: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami hugs Gabbar Singh Negi who got rescued from the collapsed Silkyara tunnel on Tuesday. (Pushkar Singh Dhami-X)
    29 Nov 2023, 01:47:10 PM IST

    Uttarkashi tunnel rescue: IAF's Chinook carries rescued workers to AIIMS Rishikesh

    Indian Air Force's (IAF) transport aircraft Chinook on Wednesday carried 41 rescued workers from Chinyalisaur to Rishikesh for further medical examination.

    29 Nov 2023, 01:22:58 PM IST

    Uttarkashi tunnel rescue: 'Witnessed a miracle,' says expert Arnold Dix

    “It's been my honour to serve, and as a parent, it's been my honour to help out all the parents getting their children home. Remember in the beginning I said, 41 people home, and no one gets hurt by Christmas. Christmas is coming early," said expert Arnold Dix who was in charge of the rescue. 

    "We were calm, and we knew exactly what we wanted. We worked as a wonderful team. India has the best engineers... It was just a joy to be part of this successful mission. I have to go to the temple because I promised to say thank you for what happened. If you haven't noticed, we have just witnessed a miracle," he added.

    29 Nov 2023, 01:05:51 PM IST

    Uttarkashi tunnel rescue: Rescued workers to be flown to AIIMS Rishikesh

    The 41 workers are likely to be airlifted to Rishikesh’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) even as they were in good health, a report by HT said.

    Chief medical officer (Uttarkashi) RCS Panwar told Hindustan Times that the workers will be flown to AIIMS in Rishikesh today.

    29 Nov 2023, 01:41:55 PM IST

    Uttarkashi tunnel rescue: ₹1 lakh cheque to 41 rescued workers by Uttarakhand govt

    Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami Wednesday handed over 1 lakh to each rescued worker. The chief minister also announced 50,000 reward for each of the rescue workers who went inside the evacuation passage and helped the trapped labourers come out of the tunnel.

    29 Nov 2023, 12:25:46 PM IST

    Uttarkashi tunnel escape: ‘Licked water dripping from rocks,’ says Jharkhand rescued worker

    Anil Bediya, one of the 41 labourers who were rescued from a collapsed Uttarakhand tunnel after 17 days, survived the ordeal by eating 'muri' (puffed rice) and licking water dripping from rocks.

    "Loud shrieks punctuated the air...We all thought we would be buried inside the tunnel and had lost all hope during the first couple of days," Bediya narrated their harrowing tale.

    "It was a nightmarish ordeal...we licked water dripping from rocks to quench our thirst and survived on muri for the first 10 days," Bediya said.

    29 Nov 2023, 11:52:31 AM IST

    Uttarkashi tunnel rescue: CM Dhami enquires about workers health | Watch

    Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami on Wednesday met the rescued workers at Chinyalisaur Community Health Centre and enquired about their health. CM Dhami also handed over relief cheques to them.

    29 Nov 2023, 11:19:13 AM IST

    Uttarkashi tunnel rescue: 'All 41 workers are currently healthy,' says officer

    Dr Bimlesh Joshi, Nodal Officer Health of Rescue operation said all the rescued workers are 'healthy'. “Their health screening has been done twice after the rescue, first inside the tunnel last night and second this morning. A team of 18 doctors at the Community Health Centre of Chinyalisaur has been monitoring his health since last night, out of which 10 are GDMOs and the remaining 8 are specialists, which include all types of specialists. Apart from this, there is a paramedical staff. There is a total staff of around 50, he said that since last night, all 41 labourers have been given a balanced diet, which includes paneer, boiled egg, kheer, roti, vegetables and rice," the doctor said.

    29 Nov 2023, 11:10:15 AM IST

    Uttarkashi tunnel rescue: 'Faith can move mountains,' cricketer VVS Laxman hails rescuers

    Former cricketer VVS Laxman expressed gratitude to all the people who were behind the Uttarkashi tunnel operation. The former cricket commentator wrote, "Faith can move mountains, and faith along with dedication and perseverance can pierce through mountains. I bow down in gratitude to all the incredible people involved in rescuing the 41 trapped workers in Uttarakhand. Gratitude to all these wonderful men".

    29 Nov 2023, 11:01:12 AM IST

    Uttarkashi tunnel rescue LIVE: Sudarsan Pattnaik dedicates sand-art to rescue team

    Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has created a sand art at Puri beach to salute the efforts of rescue team.

    He created a 5ft sand sculpture showing a tunnel where workers are trapped with a message "Salute to Our Rescue Team."

    29 Nov 2023, 10:37:59 AM IST

    Uttarkashi tunnel rescue: 'Practised yoga, took walks,' rescued workers tell PM Modi

    In an interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, rescued workers narrated their experience inside the tunnel. A worker from Bihar, Saba Ahmed told the prime minister that though they were stuck in the tunnel for days, they did not feel any fear or nervousness.

    “We were like brothers, we were together. We used to take a stroll in the tunnel after dinner. I used to tell them to do morning walks and yoga," the rescued worker said.

    “When we have you as the PM… and people were saved from other countries, we were in our country and therefore we had nothing to worry about," another worker Gabbar Singh Negi said.

    29 Nov 2023, 10:19:29 AM IST

    Uttarkashi tunnel rescue: Workers trapped for 17 days say, 'We never lost hope'

    The rescued workers told the media that they never lost hope even after getting trapped inside the Silkyara tunnel for 17 days. Vishal, one of the workers rescued from the Silkyara tunnel said, "We never lost hope... I am absolutely fine. All of us are fine and I am thankful to everyone for evacuating us safely".

    "We knew we would be rescued," another rescued worker said.

    29 Nov 2023, 10:01:13 AM IST

    Uttarakhand Tunnel rescue: 'Celebrated Diwali,' says wife of one of rescued workers

    Bhoomika Chaudhary, wife of Ankit Kumar, who was rescued from Uttarakhand's Silkyara tunnel, said she celebrated Diwali after she got a call that her husband was saved.

    29 Nov 2023, 09:49:00 AM IST

    Uttarkashi tunnel rescue: Worker shows 'thumbs up' after coming out of tunnel

    A video showed that a rescued worker showed a thumbs up as soon as he was out from the Silkyara tunnel after 17 days.

    29 Nov 2023, 09:46:10 AM IST

    Uttarkashi tunnel rescue: Rescued worker narrates his 17-day ordeal

    Vishwajeet Kumar Verma, one of the rescued workers said that when the debris fell on 12 November, he knew there was no way out. However, the constant supply of food and communication with family kept him motivated.

    29 Nov 2023, 09:38:51 AM IST

    Uttarkashi tunnel rescue: Rescued worker says, 'First 24 hours were tough'

    Subodh Kumar Verma, a worker rescued from the Silkyara tunnel said he faced problems in the initial hours. However, when the food was provided to the workers through the pipe, they were relieved. Verma thanked his company, agencies, and Uttarakhand government for saving his life.

    29 Nov 2023, 09:21:55 AM IST

    'Joy to be part of this successful mission': Australia's tunnelling expert Arnold Dix

    After the successful completion of the Silkyara tunnel rescue operation, international tunneling expert Arnold Dix said, "It's been my honour to serve, and as a parent, it's been my honour to help out all the parents getting their children home".

    The Australian expert added, "It was just a joy to be part of this successful mission. I have to go to the temple because I promised to say thank you for what happened. If you haven't noticed, we have just witnessed a miracle."

    29 Nov 2023, 09:08:39 AM IST

    'Wonderful achievement': Australian PM hails Indian authorities

    Australian PM Anthony Albanese has praised Indian authorities for rescuing the 41 trapped labourers in the Uttarkashi tunnel. Albanese also hailed the role of Australian professor Arnold Dix on the ground.

    29 Nov 2023, 08:38:45 AM IST

    PM Modi interacts with the 41 workers who were successfully rescued

    Uttarkashi rescue tunnel: Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with the 41 workers who were successfully rescued from Silkyara tunnel in Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand yesterday.

    29 Nov 2023, 08:01:22 AM IST

    Uttarkashi tunnel rescue LIVE: Anand Mahindra praises ‘rathole miners’ for successful operation

    Mahindra & Mahindra Chairman Anand Mahindra praised the 'rathole miners' who could save the 41 trapped labourers inside Uttarkashi's Silkyara tunnel. Mahindra wrote, "And after all the sophisticated drilling equipment, it’s the humble ‘rathole miners’ who make the vital breakthrough! It’s a heartwarming reminder that at the end of the day, heroism is most often a case of individual effort & sacrifice".

    29 Nov 2023, 07:56:41 AM IST

    ‘No one critical’: Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Dhami after successful rescue operation of 41 workers

    Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said none of the 41 labourers rescued from an under-construction road tunnel in Uttarkashi district was in a critical condition.

    "All of them were healthy. They crawled out of the passage rather than being carried on stretchers," he said.

    29 Nov 2023, 07:55:04 AM IST

    Uttarkashi tunnel rescue LIVE: Trapped labourers gave almonds to rescue workers

    Feroze Qureshi and Monu Kumar, experts in the rat-hole mining technique, were the first to meet the 41 labourers rescued from the Silkyara tunnel. Qureshi from Delhi and Kumar from Uttar Pradesh were part of a 12-member team of rat-hole mining technique experts who were called on Sunday to do the drilling.

    Qureshi said as soon they reached the last portion of the rubble, the labourers thanked and hugged him. "They (the labourers) gave me almonds and asked my name. Soon, our other colleagues joined us," he said

    29 Nov 2023, 07:41:16 AM IST

    Uttarkashi tunnel rescue LIVE: 'Human workers triumphed over machinery,' says global media

    Global media hailed the Uttarkashi tunnel's rescue operation. "Human labour triumphed over machinery as the specialists managed to manually drill through the final 12 metres of rubble to reach the men," British daily 'The Guardian' reported.

    29 Nov 2023, 07:35:15 AM IST

    Uttarkashi tunnel rescue LIVE: Who were the 41 trapped labourers inside Silkyara tunnel

    The 41 trapped workers were from Jaharkhand, Uttarakhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Odisha and Himachal Pradesh.

    Their names include Viswajit Kumar, Subodh Kumar, Rajendra Bedia, Sukram, Tinku Sardar, Gunodhar, Sameer, Ravindra, Ranjeet, Mahadev, Bhukttu Murmu, Jamra Oraon, Vijay Horo, Ganapati - all from Jharkhand, Gabbar Singh Negi, and Pushkar - both from Uttarakhand, Saba Ahmed, Sonu Sah, Virendra Kiskoo, and Sushil Kumar - all from Bihar, Manir Talukdar, Sevik Pakhera, and Jaydev Parmanik - all from West Bengal, Akhilesh Kumar, Ankit, Ram Milan, Satya Dev, Santosh, Jai Prakash, Ram Sundar, and Manjit - all from Uttar Pradesh, Tapan Mandal, Bhagwan Batra, Viseshar Naik, Raju Naik, and Dhiren - all from Odisha, Sanjay and Ram Prasad from Assam, and Vishal from Himachal Pradesh.

    29 Nov 2023, 07:25:40 AM IST

    Uttarkashi tunnel rescue LIVE: PM Modi speaks to rescued workers

    Hours after the safe evacuation of 41 trapped workers from the Silkyara tunnel on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the rescued men over the phone.

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