Rescuers in India tunnel collapse began replacing drilling machines on the Seventh day
Rescuers in India began replacing a drilling machine on the 7th day of efforts to reach 41 workers trapped in a collapsed highway tunnel in the Indian Himalayas. The rescue operation has been hampered by heavy rainfall and the unstable nature of the collapsed tunnel.
The drilling machine broke down on Friday, November 17, after drilling through about 24 meters (79 feet) of debris. Rescuers have been working to clear the remaining debris by hand, but the process has been slow and difficult.
A new drilling machine was expected to arrive at the site on Saturday, November 18. Rescuers hoped to have the new machine in operation by Sunday, November 19.
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The collapse of the tunnel occurred on Sunday, November 12. The cause of the collapse is still under investigation.
The trapped workers are believed to be in a stable condition. They have been communicating with rescuers through a ventilation shaft.
Rescuers are working around the clock to reach the trapped workers. They are facing a number of challenges, including the unstable nature of the collapsed tunnel, the heavy rainfall, and the lack of oxygen in the tunnel.
Despite the challenges, rescuers are hopeful that they will be able to reach the trapped workers safely.