The forty workers who were trapped in northern India on Sunday after a tunnel where they were working collapsed are still alive. This was reported by a person in charge of the rescue services, Karamveer Singh Bhandari.
The collapse occurred in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, in the Himalayas. A tunnel of 4.5 kilometers is being built there. About 200 meters of the tunnel has collapsed, blocking 40 workers since yesterday morning. Emergency services are pumping oxygen into the tunnel and have sent water and food to them.
The first contact with the survivors was via a message on a piece of paper, but the rescuers then managed to communicate using radio equipment. According to the rescue services, approximately twenty meters of rubble have been cleared, but workers are trapped forty meters further.
This tunnel is part of the Char Dham highway project, a project close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s heart. The project aims to improve connectivity with four Hindu sites and with the regions bordering China.