All 41 trapped workers inside the Silkyara tunnel in Uttarkashi of India have been evacuated after 17 days in a mammoth operation that has made international headlines, according to India Today newspaper.
They were evacuated in groups of five on Tuesday evening. Then, the workers were given initial medical treatment and were sent to a hospital in ambulances.
Earlier, the laying of pipes through the rubble at the tunnel was completed after hard work of 17 days on Tuesday morning.
All 41 trapped workers rescued from India's tunnel after 17 days
Rat-hole miners stepped out of the Silkyara tunnel in Uttarkashi with their drillers. Besides, rescue teams entered with their gear to evacuate the 41 trapped workers at the collapse site.
Indian PM Narendra Modi shared a message for the 41 workers who were rescued from inside the Silkyara tunnel in Uttarkashi.
The prime minister tweeted, "I want to say to those who were trapped in the tunnel that your courage and patience is inspiring everyone. I wish you all well and good health. It is a matter of great satisfaction that after a long wait these friends of ours will now meet their loved ones. The patience and courage that all these families have shown in this challenging time cannot be appreciated enough."
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