In Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi district, 41 workmen have been trapped for the last eleven days under the collapsed Silkyara tunnel. Medical personnel and ambulances have been placed on standby outside the tunnel. The rescue operation was originally scheduled to be finished by 8 a.m. on Thursday, according to officials.
When some iron rods got in the path of the auger equipment that was drilling the steel pipes through the debris on Wednesday late evening, the rescue efforts encountered a roadblock. The rescue crew at the scene reported that they had successfully cut through and extracted the steel pieces that had been lodged in the rubble as of Thursday morning at seven in the morning.
Six-meter pieces of steel pipes, each less than a meter in width, are forced into the escape tunnel as the machine drills through. It is anticipated that the confined laborers will crawl out once the pipeway reaches the other end.
Twelve ambulances are stationed at the scene, together with a team of fifteen physicians, including experts in chest conditions, in readiness for the eventual rescue of the workers. The Chinyalisaur community health center prepared a separate ward to house all of the evacuated personnel. According to authorities, AIIMS, Rishikesh and all of the district’s hospitals are on alert.
On Wednesday morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi checked in with Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami to get an update on the rescue effort. With the use of an endoscopic camera inserted into the recently installed six-inch pipeline, the first images of the stranded workers were obtained early on Tuesday.