© Reuters. Heavy equipment seen as rescue operations are in progress after employees are trapped in a collapse of an under-construction tunnel, in Uttarkashi, within the northern state of Uttarakhand, India, November 26, 2023. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas
By Saurabh Sharma
SILKYARA, India (Reuters) – Indian rescuers started drilling vertically on Sunday from the highest of a mountain underneath which 41 employees grew to become trapped two weeks in the past whereas engaged on a freeway tunnel within the Himalayas, authorities officers stated.
The boys, development employees from a few of India’s poorest states, have been caught within the 4.5-km (3-mile) tunnel being in-built Uttarakhand state because it caved in early on Nov. 12. Authorities have stated they’re secure, with entry to gentle, oxygen, meals, water and medicines.
However rescuing them will take for much longer than beforehand hoped as rescuers have switched to guide drilling following harm to the drilling machine, officers stated on Saturday.
Rescuers had hoped to complete the drilling late on Thursday however needed to droop operation after the platform on which the machine was positioned was broken.
Work resumed on Friday night solely to be suspended quickly afterwards because the machine bumped into a brand new impediment, officers stated, with out elaborating.
Vertical drilling began on Sunday and it’ll take about 100 hours, the officers stated.
Initially, the rescue plan concerned pushing a pipe extensive sufficient to tug the trapped males out on wheeled stretchers.
The boys have been getting cooked meals through a lifeline pipe that was pushed by means of to make sure regular provides of important items.
Greater than a dozen docs, together with psychiatrists, are on the web site, speaking to the boys and monitoring their well being. The truth that the tunnel is closed by the particles is retaining the boys heat.
They’ve been informed to do gentle yoga workouts, stroll round within the two km of tunnel area they’ve been confined to, and preserve speaking to one another.
Deepak Patil, one of many officers in command of the rescue mission, informed Reuters authorities had despatched in two cellphones and reminiscence playing cards with Hindi movies and digital video games.
Priyanka Chaturvedi, a spokeswoman for certainly one of India’s opposition events, on Sunday requested for an investigation into the accident and requested the federal government to make sure the security of the boys.
A member of a panel of specialists investigating the catastrophe stated on Friday the tunnel doesn’t have an emergency exit and was constructed by means of a geological fault.