Jammu and Kashmir tunnel collapses: Three more bodies recovered, search for six continues

Three more bodies have been recovered from the rubble of an under-construction tunnel on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway that recently collapsed, bringing the death toll to four, officials said on Saturday.

The rescue operation began on Saturday with nine workers trapped under rubble after a new landslide on Friday evening forced authorities to suspend the process.

After a busy search that lasted several hours, rescue teams recovered the two bodies and transported them to a nearby hospital for identification, officials said. Another body was recovered from under the rubble and efforts were underway to retrieve it, they added.

The T3 audit tunnel on the highway near Khuni Nala in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ramban district sank at 10.15pm on Thursday when work began, after which officials confirmed that one worker had died and three others had been rescued.

Nine people are feared to be trapped under the rubble.

A rescue operation was launched soon but had to be postponed due to new landslides and inclement weather on Friday evening. According to officials, more than 15 rescuers, including Ramsu Police Station Station Officer Naeem-ul-Haq, escaped unhurt.

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