Stranded in air for 19 hours and counting, passengers inside cable cars pray for evacuation in Jharkhand

Forty-eight people, including women and children, have been stuck on the Trikut Hill ropeway in Jharkhand since Sunday evening after two cable cars collided bringing the operations to a halt.

The Trikut Hill ropeway where 48 people have remained stuck since Sunday evening.

As many as 48 people are stuck on Jharkhand’s highest ropeway in Trikut, Deoghar. The people have been stranded since 5 pm, Sunday, after two of the ropeway cars collided, resulting in a complete halt in operations. One person was killed in the incident.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren said: "Efforts are being made by NDRF personnel and state rescue teams to bring the stranded people to safety. Experts are also being consulted. The government is closely watching the developments and is constantly sending in relief."

Some of the people have been rescued, but 48 people are still stuck on the ropeway. Food and water are being sent to the stranded visitors using drones. There are several children and women among the stranded people. A few locals who work as local guides are also stuck.

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The Indian Air Force has now been engaged in the rescue operation. “Two MI-17 helicopters have been brought in. The operations are still on,” said an Indian Air Force officer.

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The Trikut ropeway, a popular tourist destination, saw hundreds of visitors on Sunday on the occasion of Ram Navami. Around 5 pm, one of the cable cars going down collided with another going up, following which operations stopped. Some people were somehow rescued. However, 48 people remained stuck in 18 cars till the latest updates came in on Monday.

Several people were injured in the incident and were sent to Deoghar Sadar Hospital for treatment.

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