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  • Updated: November 29, 2023

How all 41 workers trapped in Indian tunnel were rescued after 17 days

How all 41 workers trapped in Indian tunnel were rescued aft

In a remarkable operation, all 41 construction workers who were stranded for 17 days in a collapsed mountain tunnel in northern India have been successfully brought to safety.

The rescue, marked by meticulous efforts and innovative techniques, culminated in the workers' extraction from the 4.5-km tunnel in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand.

After enduring multiple obstacles during earlier rescue attempts, the final phase of the operation saw the workers being pulled out on wheeled stretchers through a narrow steel pipe.

This triumph comes after a series of challenges faced by the trapped workers, who were low-wage laborers from some of India's economically disadvantaged states.

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

He added; “This was a well-coordinated effort by multiple agencies marking one of the most significant rescue operations in recent years.”

The challenging rescue operation involved drilling through rock, concrete, and mud to reach the trapped workers.

Once freed, the laborers, who had been receiving essential supplies through pipes during their entrapment, were transported to hospital for further assessment.

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