Deaths in Vietnam bridge disaster

Dozens of workers killed after bridge collapses during construction.

    About 250 engineers and workers were on site at
    the time of the bridge collapse [AFP]

    "They are still pulling out bodies from the rubble, I could hear the screams," a worker with one of the firms involved in the construction of the bridge, who declined to be named, told Reuters news agency.
     
    'Total chaos'

    Le Viet Hung, the deputy head of the Can Tho police, said rescue teams were digging through the rubble in search of survivors.
     
    He said: "It was total chaos. It sounded like a huge explosion.
     
    "It's the biggest accident I've ever seen."
    Images broadcast on Vietnamese television showed mounds of twisted steel and cables shrouded in dust and smoke.
     
    Dozens of workers in yellow helmets worked to aid colleagues trapped in the wreckage with some carrying bloody victims on stretchers.
     
    The Japanese-funded bridge was being built across a branch of the Mekong river in the southern city of Can Thothat and was part of a heavily traveled route linking the Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Minh City.
     
    Construction on the 2.75km, four-lane bridge started in 2004 and was expected to be finished next year.
     
    It was to be the largest suspension bridge in Vietnam and intended to greatly speed up the trip across the river, which thousands of people currently make daily by ferry.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Unification: Saladin and the Fall of Jerusalem

    Unification: Saladin and the Fall of Jerusalem

    We explore how Salah Ed-Din unified the Muslim states and recaptured the holy city of Jerusalem from the crusaders.