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First footage of 41 workers trapped inside collapsed tunnel for 10 days

First footage of 41 workers trapped inside collapsed tunnel for 10 days  

The workers became stranded last Sunday about 500 feet from the Silkyara tunnel’s entrance after landslides caused a partial collapse in Uttarakhand, India.

Poking their heads through a pipeline that burst through the debris to grab a camera inside, rescuers made direct contact with the men last night.

In the clip, an emergency official asks the men to stand in front of the camera and smile and wave as they told them: ‘We will reach you all soon, don’t worry.’

The men, many migrant workers from far-flung states, form a semi-circle around the camera and can be seen wearing helmets and construction worker jackets inside the brightly lit three-mile-long tunnel.

One labourer was able to record a message to his loved ones, the Asian News Network reported.

‘Mother, do not worry about me, I am fine. Please, and father, eat your meals on time,’ said Jaydev, the worker.

The video, released by the state’s Department of Information and Public Relations, was filmed using a medical endoscopic camera tied to a flexible cable lowered into a six-inch pipe.

‘All workers inside the tunnel are safe,’ the department said on X.

In a press note, state officials said rescuers are providing steady supplies of ‘oxygen, nutritious food and water’, including dried fruit and the rice and lentil dish khichdi. Wi-Fi will also be installed.

Rescuers have now been working around the clock to rescue the men, sending supplies down pipelines and using drills and even robots to remove debris.

The workers were building a part of a road leading to four Hindu shrines, a plan plagued by environmental concerns and landslide fears that became a reality.

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