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Probe to seek cause of tunnel collapse

Update: January, 15/2015 - 09:36

LAM DONG (VNS) — An investigation team would be set up to look into why a tunnel collapsed at the Da Dang-Da Chomo Hydroelectric Power Plant on December 16, according to Lam Dong authorities.

The team would include experts from the Ministry of Construction and other relevant central and provincial agencies, and will investigate the reasons for the accident and identify those responsible, said Deputy Minister of Construction Le Quang Hung.

The investigation should be completed by the beginning of April this year so a report could be submitted to the Government, he said.

The tunnel collapsed on December 16 after heavy rain in the area, trapping 12 people.

They were freed on December 19 after a four-day ordeal which saw rescuers pass oxygen and food through a small hole while they pulled away the debris.

The 11 men and one woman are in good health.

The Da Dang-Da Chomo Hydroelectric Power Project includes the Da Dang Plant with a capacity of 14MW and the Da Chomo Plant with a capacity of 9MW.

The project's investor is the Long Hoi Hydropower Joint Stock Company, which took over the project from another investor in 2007.

Subsequently, Long Hoi hired a Chinese company to survey and design the project. — VNS

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