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14 workers trapped in flooded under construction tunnel in South China’s Guangdong

Fourteen people were trapped by a flood in a tunnel being built in Zhuhai, South China’s Guangdong Province in early morning on Thursday. Rescuers were 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 missing since the flood at 3.30 am at a tunnel construction section of Xingye Highway project, the Zhuhai city emergency management department said in an online post. “Rescue work is proceeding in an intense and orderly way,” it said. As per media reports, more than 1,000 workers, 22 fire trucks and five pumping vehicles were taking part in the effort, with search and rescue teams sent 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 Zhuhai emergency management department.

Xingye Highway Express Line is an expressway that runs through the north and south of Zhuhai main city and connects with the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, according to media reports. Zhuhai is a coastal city near Macau at the mouth of the Pearl River Delta. It was one of China’s early special economic zones when the Communist Party started opening up the nation’s economy about 40 years ago.

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