KATHMANDU, June 21: Seventeen workers trapped inside the tunnel of under-construction Rasuwagadhi Hydropower Project were rescued alive on Friday morning, some 11 hours after the incident.
They were stuck inside after the dry landslide that occurred in the construction site at 8:30 pm on Thursday blocked the entrance of the 4.18 km-long tunnel of the project in Rasuwa. "11 Nepali and six Chinese workers were rescued this morning. All of them are safe," Chief District Officer of Rasuwa Arjun Bhandari told Republica Online by phone.
All the rescued laborers were brought to the construction site office of the hydropower project. A team of 38 security personnel from the Nepal Army, Armed Police Force and Nepal Police was deployed to rescue the trapped laborers. The project is the largest among the four hydropower projects that are currently being developed by subsidiary companies of Chilime Hydropower Company.