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Rescuers: Trapped workers alive in Guangxi collapsed tunnel

07-13-2010 13:54 BJT

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Rescuers say the ten workers trapped in a collapsed railway tunnel in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region are still alive. They are receiving food through an air shaft after being trapped for about 30 hours.

Rescuers drilled through the tunnel on Monday evening, finding signs that all ten trapped workers were still alive and in good condition.

Rescuers have sent food and water through ventilation shafts and are preparing small-scale explosions to help them clear a path to the collapsed tunnel.

Sun Jun, spokesman of Rescue Headquarters, said, "The first plan is to drill a ventilation shaft from the adjacent Number 1 tunnel, through which we can send food. The second plan is to drill a shaft from the entrance of the collapsed tunnel, and the third is to drill from the top of the collapsed tunnel... Now the three plans are all being implemented."

Rescuers are also building support structures as they drill a rescue path towards the collapsed tunnel. Meanwhile, the cause of the collapse is still being investigated.

The 40-50 meter long section of the railway tunnel is being built in Binyang County of Nanning, the capital of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Rescuers say the ten workers trapped in a collapsed railway tunnel in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region are still alive. 
Rescuers say the ten workers trapped in a collapsed railway tunnel in south China's
Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region are still alive.

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