It is likely that about 48 people are trapped in the midair in 12 ropeway trollies on Jharkhand’s highest ropeway in Trikut, Deoghar. The tourists have been hanging in the air since Sunday at 5 pm. The mishap took place after the collision of two ropeway cars. It resulted in the complete shutting down of its operation.
Mishap after collision of two cabins
As per the Deoghar district administration, one woman died and several people were injured after the accident on the 800-metre ropeway. Some of the wires broke down in the sudden collision of two cabins.
Rescue teams have been working round the clock, but they have not been able to bring out the tourists safely. With the help of drones, supplies of food and water are being provided to the trapped people. Numerous women, children, and local guides are stranded in this disaster.
Indian Air Force presses into service
The Indian Air Force has now been pushed into the rescue act. Two MI-17 helicopters have been pressed into service. The operations are continuing in full swing.
Deoghar Deputy Commissioner Manjunath Bhajantri said: “A pulley of one of the trollies got stuck, resulting in the incident.” Forty people are stranded, and NDRF is conducting an operation to rescue them. Water and refreshments have been provided to them through a parallel line. If NDRF is not able to rescue them, we will seek the help of the Indian Air Force. “
Photographs of the spot went viral on social media hours after the incident. One man was shown hanging in the air, dangerously holding an overhead wire.
The highest peak of the Trikut Hills is at 2,470 feet above sea level and around 1,500 feet above the ground. The ropeway takes tourists to the top of the main peak, offering a 360-degree view of Deoghar.
The state disaster management department sent a letter in a hurry to the Centre for the help of the Indian Air Force late on Sunday. “We don’t have the resources or expertise for such mid-air rescue missions. Hence, we sought help from the IAF and the Union government, “said a senior official at the state disaster management department.
The lives of 48 tourists are hanging in the balance. The rescue team has been working hard to bring out all the trapped people safely. Things are turning murkier for the stranded people and their near and dear ones with the passing of time.