China bridge collapse toll rises to 51 dead
Posted by Author on August 3, 2010
AFP, Aug. 3, 2010 –
BEIJING — At least 51 people were killed and 15 were still missing after a bridge collapsed in central China because too many people crowded on it to watch the flood torrents below, state media reported Monday.
Parts of southern, central and northern China have been battered by downpours that have caused the worst flooding in a decade, leaving about 1,000 dead and hundreds more missing since the beginning of the year.
Waters have cut off roads, left villages inaccessible and knocked out communications and water supplies in the hardest-hit areas.
Workers have been battling for more than a week to retrieve bodies since the 200-metre (yard) long bridge spanning the Yihe River in Henan province collapsed on July 24, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
“Five teams of about 40 rescuers are still searching for the missing,” Zhou Hongsen, a county official, was quoted as saying.
“We also have offered cash rewards hoping more residents would join the search and rescue.”
An initial investigation found the 23-year-old bridge collapsed after fallen tree trunks became stuck under it, blocking the raging flood waters. But a witness told Xinhua the bridge was crowded with people when it collapsed…….(more details from The AFP)
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