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41 Ambulances, 2 Helicopters Ready For Trapped Workers’ Rescue Operation In Uttarakhand

41 ambulances and 2 helicopters are ready to transport the rescued workers to hospitals for medical aid.

Edited By : Malika Sahni | Updated: Nov 23, 2023 07:33 IST
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The anticipation for the rescue of 41 workers stranded in the under-construction tunnel in Silkyara, Uttarkashi, brings hope, with preparations underway to rescue them soon. Reports from Shivani Azad underscore the preparedness of 41 ambulances and 2 helicopters ready to transport the rescued workers to hospitals.

Dr. RCS Panwar, the Chief Medical Officer of Uttarkashi, assured a dedicated ambulance per person, accompanied by their attendant, ensuring swift medical aid. The Chinyalisaur Community Health Center, equipped with a 40-bed COVID ward, stands ready to provide initial medical assistance. For those needing advanced treatment, transportation to the district hospital is arranged, supplemented by additional doctors arriving from Dehradun.

To address potential health concerns, health experts anticipate conditions like respiratory ailments due to the lack of ventilation during the 11-day confinement and a deficit of Vitamin D owing to minimal sunlight exposure.

To monitor the workers’ health, a team of 15 doctors has been mobilized. Dr. Vinita Shah, Director-General of the health department, personally visited the site, emphasizing the continuous presence of health workers until the rescue mission concludes.

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Besides, after enduring an 11-day ordeal sustained by popcorn, dry fruits, and puffed rice, the workers received a nourishing meal comprising fresh fruits, vegetarian pulao, roti, and sabzi. This lifeline was ingeniously delivered through a six-inch supply pipe inserted amidst the rubble, providing much-needed sustenance after earlier attempts to send hot khichdi were thwarted due to pipeline blockage.

Anshu Manish Khalkho, Director of NHIDCL, detailed the ongoing supply of food and medicines through a secondary service pipeline, ensuring essential provisions like dal, rice, daliya, dry fruits, and medications were delivered.

Additionally, the trapped workers received crucial supplies including fresh underclothes, T-shirts, towels, soaps, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. Communication improvements via wire connectivity have enhanced interaction between the workers and rescue teams, offering vital reassurance during this challenging time.

Also Read: Uttarkashi Tunnel Incident: Rescue Operation In Final Stages

First published on: Nov 23, 2023 07:33 AM IST

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