Successful rescue operation: All workers pulled out of collapsed tunnel in India

India Tunnel / Photo EPA-EFE/HARISH TYAGI

Rescuers today successfully pulled out all 41 workers, who were trapped in a collapsed tunnel in India for 17 days, American media reported.

Indian media reports that the workers were pulled out through an opening made of welded pipes, which rescuers had previously pulled through the ground and rocks.

A spokesman for India's Uttarakhand state government, Kirti Pandwar, said a dozen rescuers had been working through the night, manually digging up rocks and debris, drilling alternately using hand tools, after an electric drill malfunctioned due to mountainous terrain on Friday. the horizontal drilling from the front of the tunnel. On Sunday, the construction of a vertical channel began using a new machine.

Rescue crews pulled the workers out on wheeled stretchers through the breached spaces.

On November 12, a landslide caused the collapse of a part of the 4,5 km long tunnel, about 200 meters from the entrance.

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