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New bridge collapses under heavy flooding

Update: July, 25/2014 - 08:00

DIEN BIEN (VNS) — A suspension bridge completed in Dien Bien Province in May to stop children being pulled across a stream in large plastic bags has been destroyed in floods.

The bridge collapsed after being hit by a raft floating down the swollen stream during floods caused by Typhoon Rammasun on Tuesday.

Strong flood waters from the Nam Po River then flipped the bridge over.

Transport Minister Dinh La Thang asked the municipal Department of Transportation to repair the bridge as soon as possible.

The VND3.5 billion (US$167,000) bridge was opened to the public in early May after a video clip, posted online, showed local children being forced to use plastic bags to cross the stream.

An old bridge on concrete foundations had been washed away in floods. — VNS

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