30 July 2013
An historic pedestrian-only wooden bridge in Thailand’s western Kanchanaburi province has partially collapsed following days of heavy rains and flash floods. Nobody was injured with damage first noticed on Sunday, but by Monday morning a 70-metre section of the Mon Bridge (Saphan Uttamanuson) had given way. It’s thought that the strong currents combined with a build-up of weeds and debris put pressure on two of the bridge’s supporting pillars causing them to collapse. At 850 metres long, Mon Bridge is recorded as the second longest wooden bridge in the world and is a popular attraction in the Kanchanaburi area, particularly for local Thai tourists. The bridge will be sealed off indefinitely until the crossing can be made safe again.
Photos of the bridge from the Nation newspaper »