World’s second longest wooden bridge collapses

Saphan Mon3Saphan Mon bridge, Thailand’s longest wooden bridge and the world’s second longest behind Hourai Bridge in Japan, collapsed in the evening of July 28 after a pile-up of weeds caused by strong currents during heavy rain put pressure on the bridge’s stilts.

Authorities said that 70 meters of the 850 meter-long bridge broke down and that it was not immediately sure if the 27-year old structure over the Songkalia River in the westernmost Thai district of Kanchanaburi at the border to Myanmar could be repaired.

The Saphan Mon Bridge is a popular tourist destination and about 850 meters long. Cars are banned to cross, but pedestrians and bicycle riders use it frequently.

Some parts of Thailand including  Kanchanaburi are currently experiencing heavy rainfalls that are causing flash floods. The meteorological department has warned people in the central, eastern, northern and lower northeastern parts of the country of flooding, prompting provincial units of the disaster prevention and mitigation department to be on high alert.

Some observers have warned that there could be a repeat of the 2011 flood disaster if downpours continue over the rainy season which lasts for at least 2 more months.



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Saphan Mon bridge, Thailand's longest wooden bridge and the world's second longest behind Hourai Bridge in Japan, collapsed in the evening of July 28 after a pile-up of weeds caused by strong currents during heavy rain put pressure on the bridge's stilts. Authorities said that 70 meters of the 850 meter-long bridge broke down and that it was not immediately sure if the 27-year old structure over the Songkalia River in the westernmost Thai district of Kanchanaburi at the border to Myanmar could be repaired. The Saphan Mon Bridge is a popular tourist destination and about 850 meters long. Cars...

Saphan Mon3Saphan Mon bridge, Thailand’s longest wooden bridge and the world’s second longest behind Hourai Bridge in Japan, collapsed in the evening of July 28 after a pile-up of weeds caused by strong currents during heavy rain put pressure on the bridge’s stilts.

Authorities said that 70 meters of the 850 meter-long bridge broke down and that it was not immediately sure if the 27-year old structure over the Songkalia River in the westernmost Thai district of Kanchanaburi at the border to Myanmar could be repaired.

The Saphan Mon Bridge is a popular tourist destination and about 850 meters long. Cars are banned to cross, but pedestrians and bicycle riders use it frequently.

Some parts of Thailand including  Kanchanaburi are currently experiencing heavy rainfalls that are causing flash floods. The meteorological department has warned people in the central, eastern, northern and lower northeastern parts of the country of flooding, prompting provincial units of the disaster prevention and mitigation department to be on high alert.

Some observers have warned that there could be a repeat of the 2011 flood disaster if downpours continue over the rainy season which lasts for at least 2 more months.



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