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Tunnel explosion kills 4 at Neelum-Jhelum hydel project

An explosion in the tunnel of Neelum-Jhelum Hydroelectric Project (NJHEP) has left at least four people dead and several more injured.

“The explosion occurred during the operation of a tunnel boring machine,” sources told.

According to sources, most of the the casualties were labourers working in the tunnel; however two Chinese engineers were also among the injured.

The victims were being shifted to Combined Military Hospital (CMH).

NJHEP is located in the vicinity Muzaffarabad, Azad Jammu & Kashmir.

It envisages the diversion of Neelum river water through a tunnel out -falling into Jhelum River. The intake Neelum Jhelum is at Nauseri 41 Km East of Muzaffarabad.

The powerhouse will be constructed at Chatter Kalas, 22 Km South of Muzaffarabad. After passing through the turbines the water will be released into Jhelum River about 4 Km South of Chatter Kalas.

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