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Over 1,100 battling to rescue 14 workers in flooded tunnel

Photo taken with mobile phone on July 15, 2021 shows a rescue site in a flooded tunnel in Zhuhai, south China’s Guangdong Province. More than 1,100 rescuers have been dispatched to the scene after 14 workers were trapped in a flooded tunnel Thursday in the city of Zhuhai. The construction site of the Shijingshan tunnel, part of the city’s Xingye expressway, flooded at around 3:30 a.m., said the local emergency management bureau. (Xinhua/Wang Haoming)

GUANGZHOU, July 15 (Xinhua) — More than 1,100 rescuers have been dispatched to the scene after 14 workers were trapped in a flooded tunnel Thursday in the city of Zhuhai, in south China’s Guangdong Province.

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The construction site of the Shijingshan tunnel, part of the city’s Xingye expressway, flooded at around 3:30 a.m., said the local emergency management bureau.

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Rescuers were still unable to make contact with the trapped workers.

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Zhang Yisheng, vice mayor of Zhuhai, said the province had mobilized more than 1,100 rescuers from eight cities surrounding Zhuhai to help with the rescue operation.

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Zhang said five pump trucks had been busy pumping water out of the flooded area since 5 a.m., while 20 others were on standby. Enditem