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Rescuers drill new tunnels to help trapped workers

Update: December, 19/2014 - 14:21
The rescuers have managed to advance 15m in the right tunnel and 10m in the left one. — Photo Vnexpress

LAM DONG (VNS) — The construction of two new tunnels, being built to rescue 12 workers trapped in a collapsed tunnel in Lam Dong province, has been progressing smoothly since last night.

The rescuers have managed to advance 15m in the right tunnel and 10m in the left one.

The tunnels will have to go though about 35m of terrain to bypass the debris in the tunnel that collapsed on Tuesday.

At 6am today, a drill successfully made its way to the area where the trapped workers are waiting near the other end of the tunnel.

This drill is located downstream and will be particularly useful to drain water out of the tunnel, but it cannot be used to deliver anything to the trapped workers.

The machine broke down yesterday after hitting hard rock, but the drilling operation on top of the hill above the tunnel continued without any hiccup. The team has managed to drill through 40m of the total 70m of land, below which the workers are trapped.

The hope is this hole will serve as a tube to send the workers clothes and blankets to keep them warm, while allowing them to communicate with the outside and their families.

Meanwhile, food and fresh water continued to be sent across to the workers, as well as other items such as flashlights, paper and pens, from the front end of the tunnel. — VNS

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