Seven killed, 5 missing, dozens injured as suspension bridge collapses in Indonesia

14:07, June 07, 2010      

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Seven children have been killed, five others have gone missing and dozens others injured as a suspension bridge collapsed in Aceh province on Sunday, head of Aceh rescue team Daswir Chaniago said in Banda Aceh on Monday.

The accident took place when the waters at Lawe Alas river at Gayo Luwes district overflowed following heavy rains and hit the bridge, the head of the team said.

There were a lot of people at the bridge, most of them children who are watching a traditional culture performance of a ceremony from the bridge, when the accident occurred, said Chaniago.

"Many of them fell and swept away by the current of the river," he told Xinhua.

All the bodies of the seven children have been found and the searching for the missing persons has been underway, said Chaniago.

"Hopefully we will find more of them this afternoon," he said.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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