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Heavy rains slow down rescue effort at Bilaspur, trapped workers hope for success

Heavy rains slow down rescue effort at Bilaspur, trapped workers hope for success
Heavy rains slow down rescue effort at Bilaspur, trapped workers hope for success

Heavy rains slow down rescue effort at Bilaspur, trapped workers hope for success

The rescue operations are at full swing in the Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh, a hill state in

North India.  Two men, Mani Ram and Satish Tomar are trapped 40 metres below the ground. A

team from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has started drilling the site in order to

rescue two workers of Himalayan Construction Company (HCC), who are trapped there since a week.

After a failed attempt to rescue workers, NDRF team is now going for another attempt soon, this

time with bigger opening.

Manasi Sahay, Deputy Commissioner, Bilaspur informed the press that personnel went down to

rescue workers with all required gear and equipment. The trapped men have called their families

through a mobile phone provided by the NDRF.  The incident happened during construction of the

Kiratpur-Nerchowk tunnel. The four-lane project is being constructed here by HCC. The process was

disturbed on September 12, when the entrance was blocked by stones and sand due to a land slide.

The company is expected to dig 1.2 kilometre long tunnel in a project worth Rs.82 crore. 275 metres

of tunnel construction has been already completed.

The food and water were supplied to both on September 17 through thin 47 metre tunnel drilled by

engineers on site. High tech camera and microphones have been installed in order to be in touch

with victims constantly. There have been no contact with Hirday Ram, a third worker who went

missing in this tragedy. The NDRF team is still looking for Ram using advanced sensors. Continuous

rains and mechanical difficulties are slowing down the rescue effort at Bilaspur.

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