KATHMANDU, April 26 Thirteen of the workers
including a Chinese national trapped by a landslide inside the
tunnel of a hydroelectric power project in Nepal were rescued on
Saturday, a project official said.
Three other men, who were working at the Upper Madi
Hydroelectric Project in Kaski district, 125 km (80 miles) west
of Kathmandu, when falling earth and rocks blocked the tunnel
entrance, are still out of contact.
"I am lucky to be out. Initially, I thought I would die
inside," Bishal Gole, a 21-year-old labourer, told Reuters from
Kaski after spending more than 12 hours inside the tunnel before
Rescuers dug through the night to clear the debris and took
them out, project official Ram Raj Koirala said.
The search for those still missing is continuing, he said.
The project was being constructed by the China International
Water and Electric Corporation.
China is a major donor, business partner and investor in
Nepal, a strategically located buffer state between China and
Many Chinese companies are involved in infrastructure
projects that include hydroelectric power.
(Reporting by Gopal Sharma; Editing by Kim Coghill)