Uttarakhand tunnel collapse: Docs worried about possible panic attacks due to prolonged confinement in enclosed space

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Published : Nov 17, 2023, 11:53 AM IST

Updated : Nov 17, 2023, 1:37 PM IST

Uttrakhand tunnel collapse: Docs worried about miners' possible panic attacks due to the prolonged confinement in enclosed space

According to Dr Ajay Kaul, chairman, Cardiac Sciences, Fortis Hospital, Noida, collective breathing in a closed space is sure to increase carbon dioxide levels, exacerbating breathing problems. Doctors said prolonged exposure to cold underground temperatures is likely to cause hypothermia and make miners fall unconscious.

Uttarkashi: As the rescuers drilled through the debris piled up due to the collapse of the road tunnel in Uttarkashi on Friday to fix wide pipes for 40 workers trapped underground for a sixth day to crawl to their freedom, miners' physical health and mental wellbeing also remain major worries for authorities.

Local rescue teams aided by expert rescue experts from Thailand and Norway with proven track record in the field have been pressed into action but so far luck remains elusive as rescuers could not meet their Tuesday deadline to rescue trapped miners.

Doctors fear that trapped workers may also experience panic attacks due to the prolonged confinement in an enclosed space.

"Further, the ambient conditions such as oxygen and carbon dioxide levels too could impact their physical health and prolonged exposure to cold underground temperatures could possibly cause hypothermia and make them fall unconscious," Dr Agarwal told news agency PTI.

According to doctors, trapped miners in such construction sites often present a multitude of hazards and falling debris is one of such dangers. They run the risk of being hurt by falling objects as fractures and open wounds are common in such a scenario.

These injuries can be further aggravted by the unsanitary conditions, increasing the risk of infection.

According to doctors, trapped miners in such construction sites often present a multitude of hazards and falling debris is one of such dangers. They run the risk of being hurt by falling objects as fractures and open wounds are common in such a scenario.

These injuries can be further aggravted by the unsanitary conditions, increasing the risk of infection.

"As all the workers are collectively breathing in a closed space, carbon dioxide levels can heighten, exacerbating breathing problems," said Dr Ajay Kaul, chairman, Cardiac Sciences, Fortis Hospital, Noida. "Lack of oxygen inside the tunnel can lead to asphyxia (suffocation) and that's a serious problem."

Read more: Uttarakhand tunnel collapse Day 6: Rescue teams drill 21 metres through rubble for trapped miners' rescue

Last Updated :Nov 17, 2023, 1:37 PM IST
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