In recently released footage, workers donned in distinctive yellow and white helmets can be observed receiving essential food items via a groundbreaking pipeline while maintaining communication within the collapsed Silkyara tunnel in Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand.
This development comes to light on November 21, marking a pivotal moment in the ongoing efforts to rescue 41 laborers trapped inside for an arduous nine days.
The breakthrough was achieved through the successful threading of a six-inch-wide pipeline amidst the debris of the collapsed tunnel.
This achievement now allows for the efficient supply of larger quantities of food to the trapped workers, showcasing the resilience of the rescue teams in overcoming significant challenges.
The footage, captured using an endoscopic camera deployed through the alternative 6-inch food pipeline, depicts the workers actively engaging in the reception of food items and communication with one another.
VIDEO | First visuals of workers stuck inside the collapsed Silkyara tunnel in #Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand.
Rescuers on Monday pushed a six-inch-wide pipeline through the rubble of the collapsed tunnel allowing supply of larger quantities of food and live visuals of the 41 workers… pic.twitter.com/mAFYO1oZwv
— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) November 21, 2023
To further enhance the rescue operation, additional 900 mm pipes have been brought near the Silkyara Tunnel to facilitate reaching the trapped workers more effectively.
In a noteworthy development on November 20, a walkie-talkie was provided to the workers through the 6-inch pipeline, enabling direct communication with the rescuers. One of the identified trapped workers, Saba, was seen in the video holding the walkie-talkie, albeit with unclear audio.
Despite this, Saba appeared to be in good health, instilling a sense of relief among the rescue teams and the families of the trapped workers.
The arrival of an endoscopic camera from Delhi on the evening of November 20 and its subsequent deployment through the alternative pipeline mark a significant stride in the ongoing rescue efforts.
This innovative use of technology allows authorities to visually assess the conditions inside the collapsed Silkyara tunnel, providing crucial information to plan and execute a safe and effective rescue operation.
The visuals of the trapped workers receiving food through the alternative pipeline offer substantial relief to their families, providing assurance that their loved ones are not only alive but also well-supported in the rescue mission.
The use of advanced cameras to assess the workers’ condition underscores the meticulous planning and execution required for a successful rescue operation.
As the rescue mission progresses, these recent advancements instill hope for the eventual successful extraction of the workers from the collapsed Silkyara tunnel, showcasing the unwavering dedication and ingenuity of the rescue teams involved.