Officials consider plans to rescue men in tunnel



SaltWire Network


SILKYARA, India — Indian authorities were exploring five new plans to rescue workers trapped inside a collapsed tunnel in the Indian Himalayas after a week of failed attempts. Forty-one men, stuck in the highway tunnel in Uttarakhand state since Nov. 12, are safe and being fed through a pipe, the authorities say. The cause of the accident has not been determined, though the hillside region is prone to landslides, earthquakes and floods. Rescuers had been drilling horizontally through the debris toward the trapped workers in the 4.5-kilometre tunnel until the auger drilling machine broke Friday and a new one was flown in. Drilling was suspended and it would take four or five more days “to get the good news,” Bhaskar Khulbe, officer on special duty for the tunnel project, said on Friday.