S. Harpal Singh

RALLIVAGU DAM SITE (ADILABAD DT.): Twelve migrant labourers from Palamur (Mahabubnagar) were buried alive on Sunday when they were at work at the Rallivagu dam site, about 6 km from Mancherial town.

The workers were levelling a trench at the ground level at a depth of 15 feet when the mud on one side caved in on them. The dead included eight women and a 12-year-old boy. Four of them belong to a single family.

A trench was dug on three sides of a HT electricity pylon of AP Transco to strengthen the base of the iron tower.

The bodies were extricated with the help of earth-moving machinery in an operation that lasted for about five hours.