In a remarkable show of resilience and determination, Indian rescuers have successfully rescued all 41 construction workers trapped in a collapsed tunnel in the Himalayas for 17 days.
The major operation, which began on November 12, 2023, ended on November 28, 2023 with the safe extraction of every worker, ending a harrowing ordeal that captured the nation's attention.
The workers, employed by a construction company building the Char Dham highway in Uttarakhand state, were excavating a 4.5-kilometer (2.8-mile) tunnel when part of the mountainside gave way, trapping them underground to sit. Rescue efforts began immediately, with teams working around the clock to drill through the rubble and create a passage to reach the trapped workers.
As the days turned into weeks, the rescue operation faced numerous challenges, including the treacherous terrain, the constant threat of landslides and limited access to heavy machinery.
However, rescuers persevered, using a combination of traditional digging methods and innovative techniques, such as using 'rat miners' – skilled workers who could squeeze through narrow tunnels – to reach the trapped workers.
On November 28, after 17 days of relentless efforts, rescuers finally reached the workers. Considering the circumstances, they appeared to be in surprisingly good health. All 41 workers were safely brought to the surface and transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation and treatment.
The successful rescue of the 41 workers was hailed as a triumph of the human spirit and a testament to the dedication of the rescue teams. Their efforts drew praise from across India and beyond as they demonstrated the unwavering determination of individuals working together to save lives.
According to the BBC, the civilians were extracted one by one through a 90cm diameter pipe inserted through the rubble of the collapsed tunnel in Uttarakhand state.
A tunnel expert speaking about the development said rescuers managed to break through to the group at 7:05 PM local time (13:35 GMT).
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