Tunnel collapse in Jammu and Kashmir: Rescue operation for missing workers resumes

The rescue operation for nine workers trapped under the rubble after a tunnel under construction collapsed on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway resumed early Saturday morning when a new landslide forced authorities to suspend the process last evening, officials said. However, their chances of survival are slim, they said.

One worker was killed and three others were rescued when work began on the T3 audit tunnel on the highway near Khunni Nalla in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ramban district around 10.15pm on Thursday. Authorities identified the dead worker as Sudhir Roy, 31, a resident of West Bengal.

“Today (Saturday) at 5.30 am the search for 09 missing persons trapped inside the rubble of the murderous Nalla Adit tunnel site has started and it is continuing. NDRF and SDRF are part of the operation, ā€¯Musarat Islam, deputy commissioner of Ramban, said in a tweet.

On Friday evening, more than 15 rescuers, including Ramsu Police Station House Officer Naeem-ul-Haq, survived a new landslide during a narrow landslide, prompting authorities to suspend rescue operations. It could not be restarted till this morning due to hailstones, heavy rain and strong winds, officials said.

As weather conditions improved, rescue operations resumed with the first light of day and authorities pressured three earth movers and rock breakers to reach the stranded workers, they said. Additional personnel, including magistrates, have been deployed to expedite the rescue operation, they added.

The people trapped under the rubble are Yadav Roy (23), Gautam Roy (22), Deepak Roy (33) and Parimal Roy (38), all from West Bengal, Shiv Chauhan (26) from Assam and Nepali citizen Navraj Chowdhury (26). ) And Khushi Ram (25), and Muzaffar (38) and Israt (30), residents of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said. All of them were employed by an agency responsible for auditing the tunnels.

Earlier, Jammu Divisional Commissioner Ramesh Kumar and Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Jammu, Mukesh Singh visited the spot, while Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha observed the situation from a control room and was briefed on occasional stone-throwing. Obstructing the rescue operation.

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