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From Robots To Lifeline Pipe: Uttarakhand Tunnel Rescue Mission Explained In 5 Videos

Uttarkashi: Anxious wait for the families of 41 workers trapped in Uttarakhand's Uttarkashi as rescuers make all out efforts to evacuate them and with the latest developments, it seems there's hope at the end of the tunnel. This morning, first visuals of the workers emerged from inside the tunnel almost 10 days after they got stuck as a portion of the under-construction tunnel collapsed.

Since November 10, authorities, rescuers, state as well as central governments have been making the best possible efforts to bring the workers out safely. From contacting the cave rescue team in Thailand to bringing international expert, government is leaving no stone unturned but the progress seems slow. For the first time in 10 days, hot meal was sent inside the tunnel for the workers crying for early evacuation.

On Monday, in what is being seen as a significant and the “first breakthrough”, an additional supply line was constructed by inserting a six-inch diameter pipe through the debris to the other side. NHIDCL director Anshu Manish Khalkho said, “The 53m-long pipe is a veritable lifeline. On Tuesday, first meal was prepared for the workers and hours later visuals from inside the tunnel surfaced.

Uttarakhand Tunnel Rescue Mission Explained

First Visuals Of Workers Trapped In Uttarakhand Tunnel
In a big development, rescue officers were not only able to send hot meals to the 41 trapped workers in the collapsed Uttarakhand tunnel on Monday, but also able to set up a face-to-face communication link with them through an endoscopic camera. The camera was pushed through a six-inch pipe which was drilled through the tunnel to send food and walkie-talkies to the workers. Rescue officials were able to see and speak to the trapped workers through the camera and the walkie-talkies. Watch Video Here.

International Expert Called In For Uttarkashi Tunnel Rescue
International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association president Arnold Dix has been called in to help in the rescue efforts. Dix arrived at the location site in Silkyara, Uttarkashi where families of the trapped workers have been impatiently waiting. Watch Video Here.

Robots Deployed, Drilling Continues
Rescue operations are continuing on warfooting as 41 workers continue to remain trapped inside the collapsed tunnel in Uttarkashi. After facing multiple setbacks, robots have been deployed for rescue. Prime Minister Narendra Modi dialed Uttarakhand Chief Minister to take stock of the situation. Watch Full Video Here.

Rescue Work In Uttarakhand's Uttarkashi Tunnel Hits A Roadblock
During the process which has been underway for 10 days now, the rescuers faced roadblocks on many levels. The Uttarakhand tunnel rescue ops hit another roadblock. The drilling operations was put on hold and a meeting of experts has been called. Watch Full Video Here.

Watch How 40 Trapped Workers Will Be Rescued With Giant Steel Pipes
The rescue teams are working nonstop but little headway has been made in cutting down the rocks that fell over a 200-meter area. Reportedly, the trapped workers are unharmed and the officials are in touch with them through walkie-talkies. 900 mm diameter pipes will be installed in the part of the Silkyara tunnel blocked by subsidence. Watch Full Video Here.