On Tuesday, the final arrangements are being put in place for the rescue of 33 miners in Chile. Trapped 1,970 feet underground, the miners have been cramped in a tiny space for more than two months—the longest anyone has survived this type of disaster. With the final rescue slated for 7 p.m. EST tonight, reporters are examining the rescue workers' plan and the toll this disaster has taken in Chile:
- It's Going to Be an Incredible Moment, wites Olivia Lang at the BBC: "For more than two months, the men have been living 2km beneath the earth's surface, in a claustrophobic, dusty chamber the size of a living room. If all goes to plan, they will endure an intense, nerve-wracking 20-minute journey strapped into a tiny cage - only to face the reality of emotional families and the scrutiny of the media."
- Here's How the Rescue Will Go Down Al Jazeera explains:
- Some Serious Risks Remain, PBS New Hour explains:
- Lots of Anxiety All Around, writes Tim Padgett at Time:
- It United the Country, writes Stephen Bodzin at The Christian Science Monitor: "The collapse of the mine has helped pull together a geographically disparate, class-conscious, and often individualistic country." He interviews Bernarda Lorca, a disabled woman working with a group to provide financial and moral support to the miners. "The people are more united," she says. "Chile is very divided. The rich are rich and the poor are poor. Here, people who might be a bit snobbier have to walk in the same mud as everyone else. You can't walk around here in polished shoes."
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