41 people trapped in collapsed tunnel in India, all released after 16 days (comprehensive) | yunhap news

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Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dami greets the rescued worker (left) on the 28th.

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(New Delhi = Yonhap News) Correspondent Yoo Chang-yeop = On the 12th (local time), a tunnel under construction collapsed in the Himalayas region of northern India, and all 41 workers trapped were rescued after 16 days.

According to local media on the 28th, workers came out one by one through steel pipes for rescue at the site of a highway tunnel collapse in Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand.

As soon as they came out, they were placed in a waiting ambulance and taken to a nearby hospital.

This accident occurred around 6 to 7 am on the 12th in a highway tunnel under construction.

A 60-meter-long ceiling collapsed due to a landslide about 200 meters away from the tunnel entrance, trapping the workers in the 8.5-meter-high, 2-km-long section of the tunnel.

Immediately after the accident, the rescue team penetrated the rubble with a pipe to reach the isolated point of the workers and supplied them with oxygen, food, water, and medicine.

In addition, a slightly larger pipe with a diameter of 15 cm was also inserted into the rubble to provide food and other items more smoothly starting last week.

The rescue team also carried out drilling work to insert a steel pipe with a diameter of 80 cm horizontally into the wreckage immediately after the accident. This is to allow trapped workers to escape through this pipe.

However, they encountered several difficulties, and after the drill broke down on the 24th, rescue workers created a passage through the rubble by hand and continued to insert iron pipes. The iron pipe finally reached the space where the workers were trapped on the afternoon of the 28th.

As an emergency measure, rescue authorities also carried out work to create a vertical passage at the top of the tunnel starting on the 26th.

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