|Thia Bridge in Nghĩa Lộ Town, northern province of Sơn La collapsed on October 11. — VNA/VNS Photo Thế Duyệt|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Transport has blamed an abnormal natural disaster for the collapse of Thia Bridge in northern Yên Bái Province on October 11, which swept away eight people.
Four are confirmed to have died while the others are still missing. One of the victims is a Việt Nam News Agency reporter – Đinh Hữu Dư – who was reporting about the floods at the scene.
Giao thông (Transport) newspaper reported on Monday that investigation by the Road Technology Centre under the Directorate for Roads of Việt Nam and Transport Science and Technology Institute showed that torrential rains and flash floods in Yên Bái from October 5 to October 11, together with topographic and geomorphologic changes.
The changes made one of the bridge pillars tilt and part of the bridge collapsed.
According to the ministry, the topographic and geomorphologic changes in the upper part of the river were uncontrollable.
To mitigate the impact of the changes, the ministry asked Yên Bái Province’s People’s Committee to co-operate with relevant agencies to review the hydrology around Thia Bridge and take measures to adjust the water flow to curb erosion speed, especially around the bridge pillars.
The province was also asked to propose a plan to restore the bridge to meet transport demand of residents. — VNS