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Updates on the India tunnel rescue: All 41 men who were stranded in Uttarakhand are now free

Following his rescue from the collapsed tunnel on Tuesday, one of the trapped workers gets examined [Uttarkashi District Information Officer via Reuters].

Nov. 28, 2023, 15:59 (GMT)

We appreciate you coming.

The live coverage of the 41 trapped workers’ rescue from an Indian Himalayan tunnel has officially concluded.

Nov. 28, 2023, 15:45 (GMT)

Happy scenes following the rescue of 41 laborers

As soon as the 41 construction workers were saved, cheers and celebration broke out.

Pushkar was hauled out as the first worker  As rescuers, other authorities, and family members applauded, Singh Dhami, the highest ranking elected official in the state of Uttarakhand, gave him a garland and draped it around his neck.

Locals detonated firecrackers and sang “Bharat Mata ki Jai,” or “Long live mother India.”

The New Delhi Television channel was informed by one of the rescuers, Devender, who only provided his first name, that “the trapped workers were overjoyed when they spotted us in the tunnel.” Some came running over to give me hugs.

Nov. 28, 2023, 15:29 (GMT)

After being detained for 17 days, Indian rescuers free all 41 laborers.

After a 17-day ordeal, all 41 employees buried in a collapsing Himalayan road tunnel are now free experience.

Minister of Road Transport Nitin Gadkari said in a statement, “I am completely relieved and happy as 41 trapped laborers in the Silkyara tunnel collapse have been successfully rescued.”

“This was one of the most important rescue operations in recent years, a well-coordinated effort by multiple agencies.”

For the past two weeks, the nation’s attention has been focused on the mammoth rescue operation.

Nov. 28, 2023, 15:16 (GMT)

Reports: All 41 men were safely rescued.

The 41 men who were submerged in the tunnel have now all been rescued, according to reports from the local media.

Nov. 28, 2023, 15:08 (GMT)

At least 13 men who were trapped have finally been released via the tunnel

At least 13 trapped men have reportedly been successfully rescued, according to local news sources.

Government images showed the soldiers were received by state authorities while adorned in celebratory garlands of orange marigold flowers. A queue of ambulances was waiting to take them in.

As emergency trucks prepared to exit the tunnel entrance, where workers had been stranded since part of the tunnel under construction in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand collapsed on November 12, crowds applauded.

Nov. 28, 2023, 14:52 (GMT)

“The first one goes out.”

Uttarkashi tunnel rescue

More than six hours after rescuers burst through to put an end to the ordeal that started on November, the men were being evacuated to safety. 12 when the passageway gave way.

Reporters were informed outside the 4.5 km (three mile) tunnel in the northern state of Uttarakhand by a rescue officer, “The first one is out.”

At the entrance of the tunnel, ambulances with bright lights were positioned to take the workers to a hospital around 30 kilometers (19 miles) away

Rescuers had earlier forced a channel composed of welded pipes through rocks and soil, through which the laborers are being hauled out.

After being rescued, a trapped worker is examined. [District Information Officer for Uttarkashi via Reuters]

Nov. 28, 2023, 14:33 (GMT)

Workers that are stuck are currently being extracted: Reports

41 guys were the first group to be imprisoned in the Himalayan tunnel for Now, 17 days are being released, according to local media.

One worker was rescued out by rescuers, according to the Press Trust of India. The news reached them hours after the drilling through the dirt, rock, and concrete rubble was completed.

“The current rescue operation has been extremely successful. Pushkar Singh Dhami, the chief minister of Uttarakhand state, stated that plans had been initiated to safely evacuate the employees.

Nov. 28, 2023, 14:20 (GMT)

For over two weeks, the 41 construction workers have been confined [AP].

Rescuers at the scene of the north of the country’s collapsed mountain tunnel [AP]

After rescuers drilled, ambulances wait to transport workers from the scene. how to get in touch with them [AP]

Nov. 28, 2023, 14:00 (GMT-14:00)

Family members wait tensely for the trapped guys to emerge.

As nightfall descended, families of those who had been below gathered nearby, tensely awaiting the sight of their loved ones emerging from the collapsed tunnel

Jaimal Singh, one of them, expressed optimism that he would soon meet his brother Gabbar, who is imprisoned inside.

“Even the natural world seems happy today. It’s a pleasant weather. Hopefully, this will end soon,” he told the Press. the India News Agency’s trust.

Nov. 28, 2023, 13:40 (GMT)

Men trapped but in a good attitude despite a protracted nightmare

All 41 guys appear to be in good health despite their 17-day experience, according to sources.

Reporters were informed by Arnold Dix, president of the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association, that the workers were in good spirits and that he had heard they had been “playing cricket” while confined. Dix has been providing advice to the rescue effort.

After allowing the laborers to go for days on only dry food, authorities have now started providing hot meals through a 15 cm (six inch) conduit. Through an independent conduit, they are receiving oxygen

Nov. 28, 2023, 13:15 (GMT)

A summary of the most recent news

It is 13:15 GMT (6:45 p.m.) in India at the moment.

The latest advancements are as follows:

According to India’s National Disarmament Management Authority, the effort to save every worker might take the whole night.

The emergency management service estimates that it will take three to five minutes to save every person.

To provide medical care for the workers after they are rescued, a makeshift hospital has been constructed.

To transport patients in critical condition to a specialized hospital, a helicopter is ready and waiting.

Nov. 28, 2023, 12:55 PM (GMT+2)

Official: The rescue will take “the entire night.”

Uttarkashi tunnel rescue

Syed Ata Hasnain, a disaster management officer, said reporters that he anticipated the rescue effort would “take the entire night.”

Wheeled stretchers will be used to transfer the laborers one by one via the A 57-meter (187-foot) long piece of pipe was placed into the area where the 41 men are stuck. It’s anticipated that the extraction will take several hours.

Since November 12, when a section of the 4.5-kilometer (2.8-mile) tunnel they were building collapsed due to a landslide, the laborers have been stuck.

Nov. 28, 2023, 12:10 (GMT-12)

Images: Indian laborers imprisoned in a Himalayan tunnel for weeks

Uttarkashi tunnel rescue

The region is harshly mountainous, so after the drilling machine broke down, rescuers had to resort to hand digging.

The rescue workers working by hand are apparently getting close to breaking through to reach 41 trapped individuals. According to authorities, they have managed to drill through roughly 50 meters (164 feet) in total so far.

tunnel in India People assemble to observe the attempts being made to free the stranded laborers [Sajjad Hussain/AFP]

Nov. 28, 2023, 11:40 (GMT-11:40)

According to Hasnain, it might take three to five minutes to save every worker during the evacuation.

“It will take us three to four hours to save everyone,” he continued. “To organize the evacuation, three teams from the National Disaster Response Force will enter the tunnel.”

Nov. 28, 2023, 11:25 (GMT-11:25)

“Good news”: Trapped employees can hear sounds indicative of rescue

Syed Ata Hasnain, a rescue officer, stated at a press conference that the workers who are trapped could begin to emerge at any moment.

At 58 meters [190 feet], we areft] using the auger device… We hope to be able to declare ourselves clean after two meters, or 6.5 feet,” he stated.

Additionally, we’ve been informed that the stranded laborers claim to be able to hear work being done. This is good news.

Nov. 28, 2023, 11:05 (GMT-11:05)

Doctor: The experience may cause PTSD in workers from India.

Uttarkashi tunnel rescue

The laborers who were imprisoned for seventeen days will require ongoing care, including PTSD monitoring

According to Dr. Dinakaran D of the state-run National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, some people may experience mental health issues for several months as a result of their experience.

“A number of post-traumatic symptoms, such as sleeplessness, repeated nightmares, and repetitive reliving of The collapse of the tunnel, fear,” he uttered. “While not everyone will experience the disorder, the majority will experience these symptoms for approximately three to six months.”

The men have a 2-kilometer area inside the tunnel to wander around, wash, and rest. They have also been in continual communication with rescuers thanks to wifi gadgets. Antidepressants were also given to them via the little pipe. Through the little conduit, the men have been receiving food, water, light, oxygen, and medication.

The men were urged to converse with one another, share stories, practice yoga, engage in little exercise, and play board games that were sent in while they waited day after day to be rescued. However, Dinakaran stated that they would need to be examined on a regular basis for a minimum of a year. “There might be persistent alterations in a person’s personality.

Nov. 28, 2023, 11:05 (GMT-11:05)

A temporary field hospital is erected within a tunnel.

Photographs from nearby media sources depict a team of medical experts who are holding out for the workers who are stranded.

In the backdrop are also prepared beds and tables with medication on them.

Nov. 28, 2023, 11:00 (GMT+1)

most recent photos of the attempted tunnel rescue

Uttarkashi tunnel rescue

The 41 men who are trapped under the collapsed Silkyara tunnel are being watched by villagers [Sajjad Hussain/AFP].

Prepared to enter the tunnel are members of the National Disaster Response Force [Sajjad Hussain/AFP].

Teams of rescuers are about to break through to get to the dozens of men stuck in the tunnel [AFP/Sajjad Hussain]

Nov. 28, 2023, 10:50 a.m. (10:50 GMT)

Employees stuck in the Himalayan tunnel

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Nov. 28, 2023, 10:45 (GMT – 10:00)

Family is “really hopeful.”

According to Sudhansu Shah, family members had already begun to celebrate the fact that his younger brother Sonu is one of the trapped workers.

He told AFP, “We are really happy and hopeful.”

Soon after the tunnel collapsed earlier this month, Shah set his camp outside.

Nov. 28, 2023, 10:35 (GMT – 03:35)

The Modi government’s biggest development initiative is the tunnel.

Uttarkashi tunnel rescue

One of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s most ambitious projects, the $1.5 billion Char Dham expressway, includes the tunnel where the guys are stuck. By building a network of 890 kilometers (553 miles) of roadways, it seeks to link four Hindu pilgrimage locations.

In the upper Himalayas, where multiple cities are constructed on top of landslide debris, some experts claim that the project may worsen already precarious conditions.

The government claims that in order to improve safety in geologically unstable areas, it used environmentally friendly methods. It also mandated an evaluation of 29 tunnels being constructed around India by the National Highways Authority of India.

The numerous Hindu temples in Uttarakhand welcome a sizable influx of pilgrims and tourists each year, with the number rising as new structures and roads are built.

Nov. 28, 2023, 10:25 a.m. (10:25 GMT)

“Rat miners” from central India are essential to the rescue effort.

Uttarkashi tunnel rescue

Governmental organizations in charge of the historic crisis activated After the machinery failed, “rat miners” had to bore through the wreckage by hand on Monday.

The miners, who receive their moniker from their resemblance to burrowing rats, are skilled at an antiquated, dangerous, and contentious technique mostly employed to access coal seams through small openings.

After working through Monday night, the miners, who were flown in from central India, managed to break through the estimated 60 meters of rocks, mud, and metal on Tuesday afternoon.

Nov. 28, 2023, 10:05 (GMT + 2)

An expert in tunnels said of the rescue attempts, “I feel good.”

Uttarkashi tunnel rescue

After weeks of work, international tunneling specialist Arnold Dix, who is assisting with the rescue, voiced hope about the men’s chances of survival.

“I simply feel wonderful. The drilling above¬† of the mountain is flawlessly progressing through the tunnel. It’s progressing quite nicely. I’ve never told reporters, ‘I feel terrific,'” he remarked.

The rescue operation, which was first anticipated to take a few days, has already lasted weeks, and authorities have been reluctant to provide an estimated completion date.

Workers from all around the nation make up the majority of those who are trapped. Numerous members of their families have traveled to the site and stayed put for several days in order to receive updates.

November 28, 2023, 10:00 (10:00 GMT)

Workers will be wheeled out using pipes that have been fitted.

Uttarkashi tunnel rescue

A representative for the state government, Kirti Panwar, claims that twelve men toiled through rocks by hand throughout the course of the night. and debris, rotating in order to drill with hand-held instruments and remove the muck.

Rescuers forced a 90-cm (3-foot)-wide corridor consisting of welded pipes through rocks and soil to extract the workers. In order to transport the workers 57 meters (187 feet) away on wheeled stretchers, the pipes were soldered together and implanted into the dug-out areas.

Due to Uttarakhand’s densely populated mountains, a drilling machine malfunctioned on Friday, forcing rescuers to turn to manual excavation.

Nov. 28, 2023, 09:55 (GMT – 09:55)

How is 41 persons being rescued by India beneath a collapsing tunnel?

Uttarkashi tunnel rescue

Since then, the Indian National Disaster Response Force, consisting of fifteen personnel, has been in command. November 12 saw the collapse of the tunnel

Rescue operations have involved about 60 crisis management authorities, 80 police officers, and 20 fire service representatives.

While they awaited the delivery of a large steel pipe that would act as a means of escape for the workers, the excavators worked horizontally through the rubble.

But massive rocks blocked the machine’s path. Consequently, additional equipment was ordered from New Delhi. The rescue squad had to deal with other difficulties as well. Along with other impediments like rocks, cement blocks, and iron rods, loose debris also fell into the tunnel.

Here is more information regarding the rescue operation.

Nov. 28, 2023, 09:50 (GMT – 09:50) “Two meters away” from the ensnared, an official said.

The workers are only two meters (6.6 feet) away from the diggers, according to Mahmood Ahmad, a senior official from the ministry of roads and highways who is present at the scene.

“We have manually excavated 55.3 meters [181 feet]… By late evening, let’s expect to hear some good news,” Ahmad informed the reporters.

Military engineers and experienced miners are laboring by hand in a laborious dig employing a so-called “rat-hole” approach following repeated setbacks in the operation.

Nov. 28, 2023, 09:45 (GMT – 09:45)

Rescue operations in an Indian tunnel are underway.

Uttarkashi tunnel rescue

Personnel from the National Disaster Response Force at the tunnel’s entrance [Francis Mascarenhas/Reuters]

Rescue operations in an Indian tunnel are underway. “Two meters away” from the ensnared, an official said.

The workers are only two meters (6.6 feet) away from the diggers, according to Mahmood Ahmad, a senior official from the ministry of roads and highways who is present at the scene.

 

“We have manually excavated 55.3 meters [181 feet]… By late evening, let’s expect to hear some good news,” Ahmad informed the reporters.

Military engineers and experienced miners are laboring by hand in a laborious dig employing a so-called “rat-hole” approach following repeated setbacks in the operation.

Nov. 28, 2023, 09:45 (GMT – 09:45)

Rescue operations in an Indian tunnel are underway.

Uttarkashi tunnel rescue

Personnel from the National Disaster Response Force at the tunnel’s entrance [Francis Mascarenhas/Reuters]

Rescue operations in an Indian tunnel are underway. In waiting to enter the tunnel are ambulances [Francis Mascarenhas/Reuters].

Rescue operations in an Indian tunnel are underway.

From an adjacent terrace, locals see the rescue effort [Francis Mascarenhas/Reuters]

Nov. 28, 2023, 09:40 (GMT – 09:40)

The first footage of the dozens of tunnel workers imprisoned for more than 17 days in the Indian state of Uttarakhand was released last week thanks to a tiny subterranean camera.

Nov. 28, 2023, 09:30 (GMT – 09:00)

An ambulance pulls inside a tunnel.

Uttarkashi tunnel rescue

On social media, the first pictures and videos taken inside the collapsed tunnel are currently making the rounds.

The workers’ families are waiting to welcome the rescuers and ambulance as they emerge from the tunnel.

Nov. 28, 2023, 09:25 (GMT)

Watch: Attempts to rescue Indian miners ratchet up

In India, rescuers are attempting what they hope would be their last effort to release 41 stranded construction workers.

In order to remove dirt and debris that fell following a landslide on November 12, the most recent operation entails manually excavating into the mountain.

Duration of the video: 01 minutes, 06 seconds

fresh efforts to release Indian tunnel workers who are imprisoned

Nov. 28, 2023, 09:13 (GMT – 09:13)

Workers will soon be saved, says the chief minister

Pushkar Singh Dhami, the chief minister of Uttarakhand, claims that pipes have been installed in the tunnel to save the 41 workers.

“As a consequence of… crores of prayers”The task of installing pipes in the tunnel to extract the workers has been finished, thanks to the efforts of [tens of millions] of his compatriots and the diligent labor of all the rescue teams involved in the rescue operation, he said on X.

“All of the labor brothers will be removed soon.”

 

Uttarkashi tunnel rescue labour

Nov. 28, 2023, 09:11 (GMT – 09:11)

An overview of recent advancements

To release 41 tunnel workers who have been stuck for weeks, rescuers are excavating by hand.

The military engineers intend to manually remove the rocks and debris using a “rat-hole mining” method.

With thunderstorms, hail, and low temperatures predicted, inclement weather might make the rescue more difficult.

The northern area is vulnerable to floods, earthquakes, and landslides.

The men have become stuck in the Uttarakhand state’s 4.5 km (2.8 mile) tunnel after its collapse on November 12.

Uttarkashi tunnel rescue

  1. Emergency Communication:

    • The first step is to establish clear and immediate communication with the tunnel management, emergency services, and the people inside the tunnel. Modern tunnels are equipped with communication systems for such situations.
  2. Emergency Services Activation:

    • Emergency services, including local law enforcement, fire services, and medical teams, should be alerted promptly. They are trained to handle tunnel evacuations and can coordinate efforts effectively.
  3. Tunnel Management Coordination:

    • Tunnel management plays a crucial role in coordinating the evacuation. They can activate safety systems, such as ventilation and lighting, and provide guidance to people on evacuation routes.
  4. Public Address Systems:

    • Tunnels are equipped with public address systems. Clear and concise instructions should be relayed through these systems to guide people on the evacuation process, including the nearest exits.
  5. Emergency Lighting and Signage:

    • Tunnels are designed with emergency lighting and signage. Illuminated exit signs guide people to safety. Regular drills and familiarization with these features can help in smoother evacuations.
  6. Establish Safe Assembly Points:

    • Designated safe assembly points outside the tunnel should be communicated to people. These points are crucial for accountability and to ensure that everyone has exited safely.
  7. Traffic Management:

    • In the case of road tunnels, traffic management is critical. Coordination with traffic authorities can help manage the flow of vehicles and ensure the safety of evacuating individuals.
  8. Assistance for Vulnerable Individuals:

    • Consideration should be given to individuals with mobility challenges, the elderly, and children. Staff or emergency personnel can provide assistance to ensure their safe evacuation.
  9. Continuous Monitoring:

    • Continuous monitoring of the situation is essential. Surveillance cameras and on-site personnel can help ensure that everyone has evacuated, and no one is left behind.
  10. Emergency Response Teams:

    • Trained emergency response teams should be deployed to assist with the evacuation process. They can address medical emergencies, guide people, and ensure an orderly evacuation.
  11. Evacuation Drills:

    • Regular evacuation drills are crucial for preparedness. Conducting drills familiarizes people with evacuation procedures, reduces panic, and ensures a more efficient response during an actual emergency.

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