Beijing — In Zhuhai, a city in southern China, two of 14 workers who had been trapped in a highway tunnel that had been flooded for five days were found dead on Monday, the city government said. Stated.
At the beginning of July 15, water suddenly leaked into the Shijingshan tunnel under construction under the reservoir, trapping workers more than 1 km away from the entrance.
On the afternoon of July 19, rescue teams found two dead workers about 1,159 yards and 1,170 yards from the tunnel entrance, the Zhuhai government said in an official WeChat account.
As of 9 am on July 19, rescuers were about 802 yards in the tunnel, but 467 yards away from where the workers were trapped, according to the Xinhua News Agency.
The vast tunnel is still below the surface, but by then the overall water level had dropped a total of 15.5 meters, Xinhua said.
He added that the divers are searching for a total of 16 hours.
The accident was the second in the tunnel since March when the collapsed wall killed two workers.
The tunnel is part of a major highway in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, connecting the coastal city with the adjacent Macau and Hong Kong bridges.