City wise news Disaster UTTARAKHAND


UTTARKASHI, Nov. 25, 2023 (TBINN)

Now the latest news is that workers stuck inside the tunnel in Uttarkashi for two weeks after a portion of it collapsed due to a land-slide, will be reached through drilling by hand because the auger machine keeps getting stuck on pieces of metal that have been mixed in with the debris.

Experts say it would be better to switch to manual drilling instead of waiting for a replacement machine. Actually, rescue operation has been challenging due to presence of rocks, stones and metal inside the debris.

Tunnelling expert Arnold Dix, helping with the rescue work, told reporters at the site that the machine has broken. It’s irreparable. It is disrupted. But, maintained he was confident the 41 men would return home, saying there were many ways to reach them.

Notably, rescuers were just 9 meters or 30 feet from breaking through to the workers before auger broke. Uttarakhand’s Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, told reporters today that the damaged drilling machine would be taken out by tomorrow morning allowing rescuers to continue digging manually. Chief Minister also informed that he had spoken to the trapped men, saying they are in good spirits and said take as many days as you require, don’t worry about us.

Meantime, ambulances have been kept on standby outside the tunnel for safe transportation of the same to bearby hospital, at the earliest.

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