[News Briefing] Four Rivers death toll reaches 17

Posted on : 2011-04-18 13:56 KST Modified on : 2019-10-19 20:29 KST

Two workers were dead at a construction site of the Lee Myung-bak administration’s controversial Four Major Rivers Restoration Project on Saturday. As a result, the tally of the total deaths of workers engaged in the project grew to 17.
The workers, 31-year-old Ha and 40-year-old Kim, were buried to death under the debris after falling from an 18-meter-high concrete roof as it collapsed at the reservoir construction site of the 32 zone of the Nakdong River in Euiseong, North Gyeongsang Province. The previous accident took place a day before at another Nakdong River site in Changnyeong, South Gyeongsang Province.
Civic and environmental groups blame the government’s tight construction schedule and overtime work for the deaths. The government plans to complete the construction by the end of the year as scheduled.
Additional Outbreak of FMD reported
The government on Sunday reported another outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, four days after lowering the alert level one notch from orange to yellow.
The agricultural ministry announced that six pigs at a farm in Yeongcheon, North Gyeongsang Province, some 350 kilometers southeast of Seoul, tested positive for the highly contagious animal disease. The farm has been ordered to take emergency measures including the culling of the affected pigs and quarantining the area.
The first case of FMD was confirmed in late November with the latest one before Sunday‘s outbreak reported on February 26th.
(Arirang News) 

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