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Workers building hydro plant in Nepal trapped in tunnel by landslide

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The bodies of three workers have been recovered from a tunnel under construction at the 25-MW Upper Madikhola hydro plant in western Nepal, news sources report.

At least 16 workers were trapped inside the tunnel on Friday when its ceiling caved in and blocked the entrance.

Thirteen workers were recovered, about 14 hours after the incident, and were admitted to a hospital for examination.

The hydro project, also known as Upper Madi, was being constructed by China International Water and Electric Corporation. It is expected to cost US$58 million, and a groundbreaking ceremony was held in December 2012.

In other news, the International Finance Corporation pledged to provide US$6 billion in financing for the development of hydroelectric power projects in Nepal.

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