Uttarkashi tunnel rescue: Vertical drilling over, ambulance sent in

Officials are hopeful to rescue the 41 trapped workers by 5 pm.

A major breakthrough was achieved in the Silkayara tunnel rescue operation after verticle drilling was stopped temporarily and 55 meters of manual drilling was completed on Tuesday in Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand.

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According to reports coming in, three meters of manual drilling remains. Officials are hopeful to rescue the 41 trapped workers by 5 pm.

An ambulance was taken inside the tunnel. As per the latest update, a pipe has been inserted up to 55 meters. The workers have been trapped for more than a fortnight.

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Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, in a post on X said, “With immense blessings of Baba Baukhnag, prayers of crores of country’s citizens and relentless hard work of the rescue agencies involved in the operations, pipe-laying through the tunnel has been completed and our brothers will soon be evacuated.”

A portion of the tunnel collapsed on November 12, blocking the exit with 41 workers inside.

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