Several days ago, 28 members of a wedding party was killed in the northeastern state of Assam in India, when their bus plunged into a gorge after the collapse of a wooden bridge. Today, news reports coming out of India reveals three different episodes in three different districts of bridge collapsing.
Deoghar: A bridge collapsed in Jharkhand's Deoghar district on Sunday morning, affecting road traffic on an important highway in the state. The bridge, which was in urgent need for repair, started showing cracks at around 6 am in the morning, and collapsed soon after. No one was hurt in the incident. Road communication between Deoghar and an adjoining Bihar district has been affected because of the bridge collapse. This was the only bridge that connected Jharkhand and Bihar. - NDTV.
Kanpur: The portion of the Hamirpur bridge over river Yamuna which caved in during the wee hours on Friday has hit the daily lives of people in the district. The traffic movement too has been affected as both light and heavy vehicles have to take a longer route. The plying of UPSRTC buses through the bridge is also hit. On Friday, many buses could not ply from Jhakarkati bus-station to the other parts of the state. The movement of buses to places like Hamirpur, Mohaba, Banda, Raath has been stopped. The buses are now plying through the Durga tri-section in the Sacheti region. As a result, many temporary shops have come up overnight on this route. The area had developed in 2009 when a similar incident of cave-in at Hamirpur bridge had occurred. Officials of National Highway Authority of India were not available for comments but it is anticipated that it may take about two months to repair the bridge. - Times of India.
Mangalore: The embankment at the end of the bridge constructed over River Nethravathi at Ullal collapsed in the early morning of June 10 Friday, leading to traffic block for several hours. Reportedly, the approach road embankment joining the bridge collapsed due to dredging work carried out as part of the construction work of the new Bridge being developed parallel to the existing bridge. The collapsed embankment was on the left of the Mangalore to Thokkotu stretch of the highway. Reportedly, the Hyderabad-based construction company Navyug was renovating the bridge when the embankment collapsed. The workers had just completed one part of the embankment when the other part collapsed. Contract officials were present at the venue, but refused to make any comments. Later SI Manjunath Shetty and others arrived at the spot. The line of vehicles on either side of the national highway stretched to at least 2kms. Heavy vehicles were not permitted entry as the pack of cement supporting the bridge can be life threatening for motorists. The traffic police diverted vehicles at Thokkottu and Pumpwell to prevent further traffic block. Currently, the embankment is being repaired. Since one part of the bridge is quite strong, vehicles are permitted to move along it. - Mangalore Today.
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