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Temporary bridge poses risk to ethnic people

Update: December, 15/2015 - 14:00
The Van Kieu ethnic minority people cross the Dakrong River's temporary bridge, which is supported by two sections of cables, in the central Quang Tri Province. — Photo

QUANG TRI (VNS) — Hundreds of Van Kieu ethnic minority people in Quang Tri Province's Dakrong Commune have been crossing the Dakrong River via a bridge held up with cables for about 20 years.

The temporary bridge, made of two sections of cables, is the main contraption that helps more than 130 ethnic minority people in Cu Pua Village cross the river to reach National Highway No 9. The 20m cable bridge is the only way of entering or leaving their villages in the central province.

Currently, about 40 students cross the river every day to go to school, located on the other side of the river.

Tran Van Chay, chairman of Dakrong Commune's People's Committee, said when the water flow was strong on rainy and stormy days, the local residents got isolated. They have been discouraged from using the bridge, but some people still take the risk. One person was swept away by a flood and many have fallen into the river in the past years, he said.

Chay said many parts of the bridge's cables had rusted due to long usage, posing a danger to local residents.

He said the committee had reported the problem to the authorised agencies many times, but had not received any response.

"A bridge needs to be urgently built here for the local residents to cross the river, especially on rainy and stormy days," he said. — VNS

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