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Thirteen killed in Ecuadorean hydroelectric tunnel collapse

Ecuador present Rafael Correa has confirmed that 13 people working on the Coca Codo Sinclair hydroelectric power plant were killed when the tunnel they were constructing collapsed following a mudslide.

The incident occurred on Saturday and is also believed to have injured another 29 workers.

The scheme on the Coca River is being constructed by Chinese contractor Sinohydro.

The hydroelectric facility is due to become operational in February 2016 when it is expected to supply 36% of Ecuador’s energy needs.

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