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Uttarkashi Tunnel Collapse: All 41 workers successfully evacuated after being stuck for 17 days

The workers were stuck inside the tunnel since November 12.

Aditya Kaushik



Uttarkashi workers

New Delhi: After 17 days of extreme struggle and hard work, the rescue team has finally freed the 41 workers stuck inside the Silkyara Tunnel in Uttarkashi province of Uttarakhand.

After the minor hiccups on Tuesday, the first was successfully evacuated out of the tunnel.

The evacuation process to evacuate all the workers will take up to 2 to 3 hours, as per the reports.

Key moments from final stage

Check out the full video of the evacuation process

All 41 workers successfully evacuated

33 workers rescued

Total number of rescued worker reaches 15

Rescued worker talks to media

Four more evacuated total number reached nine

CM Dhami meet the rescued worker

Four more evacuated

First evacuation successful

Pushkar Singh Dhami informs about the final stretch of the operation

What happened

The section of the Silkyara Bend – Barkot tunnel, which was still under construction, fell in the Uttarkashi district of the Indian state of Uttarakhand on November 12, 2023, marking the 2023 Uttarakhand tunnel disaster. At about 5:30 a.m. local time, the tunnel collapsed, trapping 41 people within. The police, the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) oversaw the swiftly initiated rescue operations.

Forty-one construction workers were trapped inside the tunnel when it collapsed about 200 metres from the entrance. A group of geologists from educational institutions and the state government was dispatched to the scene to investigate the incident’s potential cause.

Auger machine failed

The rescue operation began with the help of an auger machine, but after the heavy-duty machine failed 4 times during the drilling the rescue team turned towards the process of manual drilling as a last resort alonge with vertical drilling, and with the whole nation praying the method worked and the team was able to rescue all the trapped workers.

Health update

The work after being under unimaginable levels of stress and trauma was taken immediately to the nearest hospitals, who were alerted before and the final updates will be made soon by the authorities.