Uttarakhand, India —
Rescue teams in India on Tuesday pulled out 41 miners who had been trapped for 17 days after the collapse of a road tunnel, officials said.
Rescue efforts were made by pulling the miners out on wheeled stretchers through a pipe nearly 60 meters long.
Workers were trapped on November 12 when a landslide collapsed a tunnel they were building in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand.
Rescuers drilled manually to break through the last part of the blockage after experiencing setbacks with machine drilling methods.
Contact has been made with the 41 people since they were trapped, first via radio and then with cameras inserted last Tuesday (21/11) through a 15-centimetre pipe used to deliver hot food and medicine to the trapped workers. . Oxygen is supplied through a separate pipe.
Authorities have not said what caused the partial collapse of the under-construction tunnel, which is part of an ambitious but controversial $1.5 billion highway project to improve access to important Hindu pilgrimage sites in Uttarakhand.
Various reports said the disaster occurred due to a landslide. (lt/hour)