Uttarakhand tunnel collapse
Part of the tunnel collapsed on Sunday morning, trapping about 40 workers inside. The tunnel is part of the Char Dham all-weather road project.
Uttarakhand: Rescuers working through the night to rescue around 40 workers trapped after the collapse of an under-construction tunnel on the Brahmanical-Yamunotri national highway here called them and offered them food and water, officials said on Monday. The Silkiara Police Control Room said the workers were safe and had asked for food to be sent to them, adding that they were contacted via walkie-talkie. The statement said that the food parcels were transported using a compressor. Dredging and debris excavation work is currently underway inside the under-construction tunnel between Silkiara and Dandalgaon to prepare escape routes for the trapped workers, according to the District Emergency Operations Centre. Part of the tunnel collapsed on Sunday morning, trapping about 40 workers inside. The tunnel is part of the Char Dham all-weather road project.
According to the District Emergency Operations Centre, the workers were from Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. About 160 personnel from agencies like National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Road Frontier Organization (BRO) are trying to rescue the stranded workers. On Sunday, authorities appeared optimistic about the safety of the trapped workers because the water pipeline was supplying them with sufficient oxygen. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday spoke to Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami to inquire about the ongoing rescue efforts.
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