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Unprecedented Rescue Operation in Uttarakhand: A Testament to Human Resilience and Unity

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Unprecedented Rescue Operation in Uttarakhand: A Testament to Human Resilience and Unity

An unprecedented rescue operation that spanned over 400 hours reached its culmination as 41 workers, trapped in the Uttarkashi tunnel since November 12th, were brought to safety. A formidable testament to human grit and perseverance, the operation saw numerous setbacks, with the final stretch requiring the expertise of 12 "rat-hole miners" who dug through the last 12 metres, breaching the barrier of debris to reach the trapped men.

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Unity and Resilience in the face of Adversity

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams, in collaboration with rat-hole miners from Uttar Pradesh and Army personnel, were instrumental in the successful extraction of all 41 workers from the Silkyara tunnel in Uttarakhand. This event, transcending state boundaries, is a remarkable testament to India's unity and resilience. Reflecting this sentiment, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar asserted, 'We will leave no stone unturned to protect our own.'

The Emotional Aftermath of the Successful Operation

Following the successful rescue, Prime Minister Narendra Modi penned a touching note, expressing his deep emotions for the rescued laborers and the selfless rescuers who worked tirelessly for 17 days to ensure their safe evacuation. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, who had been continuously monitoring the operation at the site, greeted the rescued workers, verifying their well-being. This interaction underscored the government's commitment to disaster response efforts and the welfare of workers.

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