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Stung Treng’s Ou’touk bridge collapses

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A man looks at the damaged bridge. Swift News

A Stung Treng Provincial Hall spokesman yesterday said repairs are underway for the recently-built Ou’touk bridge damaged by floods in Siem Pang district.

Spokesman Men Kong said the bridge was damaged during heavy rain and floods yesterday morning.

“There will be a team tasked with repairing the bridge,” Mr Kong said. “Floods made the river rise and the sand became too soft.”

He added the engineers who built the bridge are not to blame.

“I think it is not their fault,” Mr Kong said. “I want people to keep an open mind and see how floods affected other countries like Thailand.”

He noted that residents must now use other measures to cross the river.

“People who use the bridge should now temporarily use a boat to cross the river,” Mr Kong said. “The provincial authority will inform them once the bridge is repaired.”

In a statement yesterday, the Stung Treng information department said that Ou’touk bridge has been damaged due to recent floods.

Floods led to the bridge collapsing. Swift News

“Sections collapsed at border post number 78 of the Cambodian-Lao border at 3am on Monday,” the statement said.

The Water Resources and Meteorology Ministry said yesterday that the Mekong river in Stung Treng reached a high of 11 metres, just a few centimetres shy of the danger zone.

It noted that heavy rain will continue to hit the provinces of Stung Treng, Ratanakkiri, Kratie and Tboung Khmum until Sunday.

Prey Veng provincial officials yesterday also warned residents that the Mekong river in the province reached the danger zone of 7.5 metres.

The country has seen its share of floods caused by heavy rain over the past two months.

The National Committee for Disaster Management said in a recent report that a total of 30 people have died in various provinces across the country.

Floods have displaced thousands of families and damaged nearly 9,000 hectares of crops, it added.

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