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Homemade bridges used despite risks

Update: September, 10/2014 - 08:59
A homemade floating bridges in central Nghe An Province. This kind of bridge is not only built in Nghe An but also in many other provinces throughout Viet Nam. — Photo dantri.com.vn
PHU THO (VNS) — Hundreds of residents in the northern province of Phu Tho's Thanh Son and Tan Son districts use homemade floating bridges to cross the Buc River, despite repeated warnings that this practice was unsafe.

Nguyen Kien Cuong, who lives in Tan Son District's Van Luong Commune, said that the seven bridges were the fastest way to cross the river. If residents did not use them, they would have to travel roundabout roads full of obstacles.

However, accidents are common. Many have fallen off the bridge built to connect Minh Dai Commune and Vinh Quang residential quarter in 2005, and four people died, said head of the residential quarter Ha Dang Uu.

In 2013, a concrete bridge was built about 1km from the floating bridges, but the 150 households in Vinh Quang and Ben Dang residential quarters still used the floating bridges, as they were nearer their homes.

It costs about VND70 million (US$3,300) to make a floating bridge. Each person crossing the bridge must pay VND2,000 ($0.09) and toll-takers collect about VND100,000 ($4.7) per day.

The district had not issued any certificates for the floating bridges to open for public use, said Nguyen Van Manh, deputy chairman of the Thanh Son District People's Committee.

He said the district would check on the situation and warn local residents of the dangers of crossing the bridges. — VNS


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