Himalayan Highway Tunnel Collapses, Trapping 40

The collapse of a Himalayan highway tunnel in Uttarakhand, India, trapped 40 workers, sparking a challenging rescue operation. The incident occurred on November 12, 2023, and the workers are reported to be in good health, being supplied with food, water, and air through pipes. The affected portion of the tunnel was about 40 meters long, and rescue efforts were hampered by the continued collapse of the roof of the tunnel as they attempted to install a steel casing large enough for the workers to crawl through. The 4.5-km (3-mile) tunnel is being constructed along the Char Dham Hindu pilgrimage route as part of a major road-building initiative by the Indian government. Source: Reuters.