Earth embankment collapses on Gannoruwa workers

Earth embankment collapses on Gannoruwa workers

Written by Staff Writer

06 Mar, 2014 | 9:14 pm

An individual died after being buried under an earth embankment in Gannoruwa, Kandy. Two others who sustained injuries were admitted to hospital for treatment.

An earth embankment collapsed on Thursday morning while renovation activities were taking place on the side of the Peradeniya – Gannoruwa road. Our correspondent based in the area said that three labourers were buried under the mound of earth.

Locals in the area and the Kandy Fire Department worked together to rescue the trapped workers. The injured persons were admitted to the Peradeniya Teaching Hospital for treatment. A labourer who was in critical condition sucummbed to his injuries.

The construction had been undertaken by a sub-contractor attached to the Road Development Authority. The locals in the area said that the labourers were not wearing any protective gear during the renovation work.

Our attempts to contact the Road Development Authority to inquire into the matter proved futile.

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