A tunnel of the Rasuwagadhi Hydropower project, Nepal, May 2018 (Rasuwagadhi Hydropower Company/Facebook)

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Landslide traps 17 workers in tunnel on Nepal hydropower site

21 June 2019 | By GCR Staff | 1 Comment

It was an anxious night for 17 workers building the 111MW Rasuwagadhi Hydropower Project in Nepal after a landslide at around 8.30pm suddenly sealed the entrance to the 4-km-long headrace tunnel they were working in.

Eleven Nepalese and six Chinese labourers had to wait 11 hours while a rescue crew of 38 people assembled from the Nepalese army and police dug at the rubble from the other side.

They emerged into daylight on the morning of Friday, 21 June, reports Chinese news agency, Xinhua.

“All of them are safe. It took 11 hours to complete the rescue operation,” local administrator Arjun Bhandari told Xinhua.

Chinese contractor, China International Water and Electric Corporation, is carrying out civil work on the project for the Rasuwagadhi Hydropower Company.

It is expected to begin generating by February 2020.

Image: A tunnel of the Rasuwagadhi Hydropower project, Nepal, May 2018 (Rasuwagadhi Hydropower Company/Facebook)