Under-construction tunnel collapses in northern India, all trapped workers ‘safe’

Under-construction tunnel collapses in northern India, all trapped workers ‘safe’

All 40 workers who were trapped after an under-construction tunnel collapsed in northern India’s Uttarakhand, were reportedly ‘safe.’

This incident happened in Uttarkashi on November 12.


Visuals showed the rescue operation underway to save those who were trapped inside the tunnel. An excavator was used to scrape out the debris inside the tunnel. The area was full of workers who were engaged with the project. According to a report, this shocking incident happened in the early hours of November 12 when a 150-metre portion of the massive tunnel which stretched to four and half kilometres, collapsed. This tunnel is on the Silkyara and Dandalgaon on the Brahmakhal-Yamunotri national highway. After receiving information, Arpan Yaduvanshi, the Uttarkashi Superintendent of Police rushed to the spot and a rescue operation to save those trapped, began. Later on, officials of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) were also present along with the fire brigade.

It was learnt that more rubble came crashing down as they dug deeper to remove the debris and rescue the ones trapped. NDRF senior commander Karamveer Singh Bhandari shared that the ones trapped were given oxygen, water and food as well. Their conditions were being monitored as well. There have been no casualties so far.


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