Indian rescue workers near 41 workers trapped in collapsed tunnel: Ambulances on standby

Indian rescue workers near 41 workers trapped in collapsed tunnel: Ambulances on standby

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But Praveen Yadav, one of the rescue team, told reporters on Thursday morning that while workers remained sitting overnight in the narrow area cut with metal rods, the passage was reopened for an earth-boring machine to drill the final section. given.

“We have cut the path and cleared the path,” he said, adding that drilling would resume in hopes of making a final attempt.

Rescuers are expecting a breakthrough within a few hours, although the government has repeatedly warned that “the timeline is subject to change due to technical glitches, challenging Himalayan terrain and unexpected emergencies”.

Inside the entrance to the Silkyara Tunnel, an AFP journalist said there was a flurry of activity at the site.

Concerned relatives have gathered outside the site, where a Hindu temple has been built, and a priest is praying for the safe rescue of those trapped.

“The day they come out of the tunnel will be the biggest, happiest day for us,” said Chanchal Singh Bisht, 35, whose cousin Pushkar Singh Arya, 24, is trapped inside.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said the work was on a “war footing”.

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