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Flood traps 14 workers in tunnel under construction in China

More than 1,000 workers, 22 fire engines and five pumping vehicles were taking part in a rescue effort at the site.

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The site of the flooded tunnel in China’s Guangdong Province (Chinatopix via AP)

The site of the flooded tunnel in China’s Guangdong Province (Chinatopix via AP)

The site of the flooded tunnel in China’s Guangdong Province (Chinatopix via AP)

Rescuers are pumping out water to try to find 14 construction workers trapped by a flood in a tunnel being built in southern China.

The rescuers have not been able to contact the workers, Zhuhai city emergency management department said.

“Rescue work is proceeding in an intense and orderly way,” it said.

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Rescuers work to build an embankment at the site of the flooded tunnel (Chinatopix via AP)

Rescuers work to build an embankment at the site of the flooded tunnel (Chinatopix via AP)

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Rescuers work to build an embankment at the site of the flooded tunnel (Chinatopix via AP)

More than 1,000 workers, 22 fire engines and five pumping vehicles were taking part in the effort, with search and rescue teams dispatched from surrounding cities in Guangdong province.

The cause of the flood is under investigation.

In March, two workers died in another part of the tunnel when a protective wall collapsed and they were hit by falling stones, according to a notice from the emergency management department.

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Zhuhai is a coastal city near Macao at the mouth of the Pearl River delta. It was one of China’s early special economic zones when the ruling Communist Party started opening up the nation’s economy about 40 years ago.


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