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Nine killed, one missing in bridge collapse at Indonesia's Sumatra island

Some 30 people, mostly students, were on the bridge on Sunday afternoon in the town of Kaur when the newly built crossing suddenly collapsed.

Published: 20th January 2020 02:22 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th January 2020 02:22 PM   |  A+A-

Rescue team prepares to search for victims of bridge break on a river in Kaur district of Bengkulu province in Indonesia

Rescue team prepares to search for victims of bridge break on a river in Kaur district of Bengkulu province in Indonesia. (Photo| AP)

By AFP

BENGKULU (INDONESIA): Nine people drowned and another was missing after a bridge collapsed on Indonesia's Sumatra island, the disaster agency said on Monday.

Some 30 people, mostly students, were on the bridge on Sunday afternoon in the town of Kaur when the newly built crossing suddenly collapsed, hurtling some teens into the water below while others clutched on to the railing.

The water level in the river below the bridge was higher than usual with strong currents after torrential downpours pounded the Bengkulu region at the southern end of Sumatra. "Some managed to save themselves but 10 others could not fight against the current and drowned, they were swept away," Ujang Syafiri, head of the disaster mitigation agency, told AFP, adding that the bridge may have collapsed due to excessive weight.

He said that a search and rescue team scoured a 20-kilometre radius to find a teenager who is still missing. Another victim was rescued after falling into the river but is seriously injured and has been taken to hospital.

Parts of the Southeast Asian archipelago have received torrential downpours as the rainy season kicks into high gear. In and around the capital Jakarta, some 67 people were killed this month as record rains triggered flooding and landslides.

Lax construction standards have raised widespread concerns about building and construction safety in Indonesia.

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