Solukhumbu: 2 engineers killed as hydropower project’s penstock pipe explodes

File: Solukhola Dudhkoshi Hydropower site, Solukhumbu
File: Solukhola Dudhkoshi Hydropower site, Solukhumbu

Kathmandu, December 27

Two engineers died as a penstock pipe of the under-construction Solukhola Dudhkoshi Hydropower Project in the Solukhumbu district of eastern Nepal exploded on Sunday.

Chief District Officer Ganesh Bikram Shahi says Subas Raj Regmi (26), a resident of the Achham district in Sudurpaschim, and Arjun Thapa (29) from the Kavrepalanchok district in Bagmati died in the accident.

The pipe had exploded during a test.

Falling unconscious after being hit by the water from the exploded pipe, the two were could not be rescued on time due to unfavourable weather, informs Thulung Dudhkoshi rural municipality chairman Asim Rai.

“Later, they were taken to the Mission Hospital in Okhaldhunga, but the hospital declared them dead.”

Another engineer has sustained injuries in the accident and has been taken to Kathmandu for further treatment.

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