A video footage of 41 workers trapped inside a highway tunnel collapse in India’s Uttarakhand state has emerged for the first time on the 10th day.
On Monday, a new pipe was dug up from the collapsed debris inside the tunnel, then a medical endoscopic camera was sent through the pipe to capture the video. Al-Jazeera news
A 30-second video released to the media showed rescuers outside the tunnel watching the footage they had taken on a computer screen.
An official outside asked the trapped inside to wave and smile in front of the camera, and the workers could be seen responding.
It was through this pipe that rescuers were able to send the first hot meal in days. Until then they had spent the day eating snacks sent through a narrow pipe that had been laid earlier.
A portion of the under-construction tunnel on the Brahmakhal-Yamunatri National Highway collapsed in the state’s Uttarkashi district after a landslide occurred in the early hours of November 12. The incident took place about 200 meters from the entrance of the 4.5 km long tunnel. The workers working there were trapped.
Contact was established with the stranded shortly after the incident. And since then oxygen, food, water and light are being supplied to them through pipes.