Himansu Shekhar Rout

Five people from Odisha among the 41 labourers who have been trapped inside Silkyara tunnel in Uttarkashi of Uttarakhand where a massive rescue operation has been going on for the last 11 days are reportedly safe and fine. Oxygen, food and water are being supplied to the distressed workers through a pipe. 

Amidst this rescue operation, OTV got to the ground and talked to an Odia labourer engaged in the tunnel work to know about the labourers trapped inside the tunnel while a ray of hope for their rescue has brightened.  

Khirod Nayak from Mayurbhanj who works at the project site talked to our New Delhi correspondent and revealed the latest condition of the entrapped.

Khirod said that three people from his native village were among the five Odias in the tunnel. He talked to the entrapped colleagues through a walk-talkie this morning to learn about their condition. 

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“I talked to them at 9 am. His friends said they were not in any kind of distress. They are better than before, safe and fine. Me and my entrapped friends are hopeful of their rescue after a machine from the USA was deployed in the rescue operation," Khirod added.

He further stated that the family members of the trapped labourers who called him to enquire about their kin’s condition in tuner have been told about their safety and ongoing rescue operation and food provision through a pipe.
Khirod said that he was asleep outside the tunnel when a part of it caved in, trapping 41 people.

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