Rescuers have been engaged in digging another borewell since Sunday to reach an appropriate depth to get to the boy and now a heavy drilling machine of German make has been deployed to expedite the efforts. Officials are now engaged in an emergency meeting to dicuss alternatives. He also tweeted that he had been briefed about the rescue operations by the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E. Palaniswamy.
According to reports, the drilling is progressing at a slow pace than expected since the terrain in the region is rocky.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in a tweet said, "While the nation celebrates Deepavali, in Tamil Nadu a race against time is underway to save baby Surjeeth, who has been trapped in the borewell since Friday".
J. Radhakrishnan, the state's commissioner for disaster management and mitigation, told CNN that rescuers have been pumping oxygen to the toddler and that they hope the operation will be completed in eight to 10 hours. The first rig drilled up to 30-35 feet before it was replaced by a second one around12.30 am on Monday but could only drill about 7 feet in 8 hours, which means another 55 feet needs to be dug to reach the boy.
In the afternoon, officials engaged a traditional borewell rig to assist the high-power ones to break through the rocks.
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People across the state are praying for the well-being of Sujith and they have been joined by celebrities and politicians. Parents should take care of their children. "I believe that the child will be rescued by tonight", he added.
Children falling into borewells have become quite common in Tamil Nadu.
"Efforts to rescue the child who is in danger should succeed".
There have been fresh calls for fines for those who leave abandoned wells open.
Officials who are heading operations to rescue Sujith, a toddler who had fallen down an abandoned borewell in Nadukattupatti near Manapparai in Trichy on October 25, said that it will take the team another 12 hours to rescue the two-year-old.