The rescue of nine workers feared trapped under the rubble following the collapse of a tunnel under construction on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway resumed early Saturday morning after another landslide forced authorities to suspend the operation yesterday evening, officials said. But they said their chances of survival are bleak.
One worker was killed and three others were rescued when the revision tunnel of the T3 on the highway near Khoni Nalah in the Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir collapsed at the start of work around 10.15pm on Thursday. Officials identified the deceased worker as Sudhir Roy, 31, a native of West Bengal.
The operation for the 9 missing persons at the Khoni Nalah Adit tunnel site who are feared trapped inside the rubble started at 5.30 am early this morning (Saturday) and is still going on. Deputy Commissioner, Ramban, Masrat Islam, said in a tweet on Twitter. On Friday evening, more than 15 rescuers, including Ramsau Police Station officer Naimul Haq, narrowly escaped during the new landslide, prompting authorities to suspend the rescue operation. Officials said it could not be resumed until this morning due to rocks fired from the hill, torrential rain and strong winds.
With the weather improving, they said, the rescue operation resumed with the first light of day as authorities pressured three diggers and rock-breakers to reach the trapped workers. They added that additional staff have been deployed alongside the judges to speed up the rescue process.
Those still trapped under the rubble are Jadav Roy (23), Gautam Roy (22), Deepak Roy (33) and Barimal Roy (38), all from West Bengal, Shiva Chauhan (26) from Assam, Nepalese nationals Nawaraj Chaudhary (26). )) and Khushi Ram (25), residents of Jammu and Kashmir Muzaffar (38) and Israt (30), according to officials. They were all employed by a company tasked with auditing the tunnel.
Earlier, the Division Commissioner, Jammu, Ramesh Kumar and Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Jammu, Mukesh Singh visited the accident site while Governor Lieutenant-Colonel Manoj Sinha monitored the situation from the control room and was briefed on the choppy firing stones, which they obstructed rescue operation.
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