The initial visuals of the 41 workers trapped inside the collapsed Silkyara tunnel in Uttarakhand's Uttarkashi district surfaced on Tuesday (November 21) morning. The workers have been trapped inside the tunnel for the past 10 days.
On Sunday, November 12, a landslide near the Silkyara tunnel in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand left 41 workers trapped inside. The landslide occurred around 5 am, causing a section approximately 200 meters from the opening to collapse.
Workers engaged in a highway project were inside the tunnel when the incident occurred. The collapse took place 270 meters below the surface, leaving the workers stranded in the 2,340-meter-deep tunnel.
On Monday, November 20, rescuers pushed a six-inch-wide pipeline through the debris of the collapsed tunnel, enabling the delivery of increased food supplies and providing real-time visuals of the 41 workers who had been trapped for 10 days.
Utilising an endoscopic camera dispatched through the alternative 6-inch food pipeline, visuals were recorded. The camera's purpose is to observe the trapped workers and understand the internal layout of the tunnel.
The video depicts workers donned in yellow and white helmets receiving food items sent through the pipeline and engaging in conversation with one another. This provides significant relief to the families of the workers.
VIDEO | First visuals of workers stuck inside the collapsed Silkyara tunnel in #Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand.— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) November 21, 2023
Rescuers on Monday pushed a six-inch-wide pipeline through the rubble of the collapsed tunnel allowing supply of larger quantities of food and live visuals of the 41 workers… pic.twitter.com/mAFYO1oZwv