China: 33 missing after landslide buries hydroelectric power facility 

Posted: May 10, 2016 by oldbrew in News, weather

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H/T Power Engineering International

Rescue workers in southern China are attempting to rescue 33 people missing after a landslide buried a hydropower project.

8 construction workers have been pulled out alive after the facility was engulfed following days of heavy rain, officials and state-run media reported.

Rocks and mud with a volume of 100,000 cubic meters buried an office building and the workers’ living area at the site in mountainous Taining County in China’s Fujian Province at about 5am yesterday, according to a Web site run by the Chinese Communist Party’s Publicity Department.

The world’s largest hydropower project, the Three Gorges Reservoir, on China’s longest river, the Yangtze, recorded inflow of 17,800 cubic metres per second on Sunday, the highest since 1992, the agency said.

Rainfall in Taining is 35 per cent higher than usual. Lyu Mengjing, Communist Party secretary of Sinohydro, told a news conference that rescuers would continue searching for the 41 workers from the two companies.

Source: 33 missing after landslide buries hydroelectric power facility – Power Engineering International

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