Indonesia calls off search for survivors in bridge collapse near Bali

Local people walk by the collapsed bridge connecting two small islands, near Bali, Indonesia on Oct 17, 2016.
Local people walk by the collapsed bridge connecting two small islands, near Bali, Indonesia on Oct 17, 2016. PHOTO: EPA

JAKARTA - Indonesian rescuers have called off the search for more victims following the collapse of a bridge near Bali on Sunday evening (Oct 16) as they have not received new reports of missing people.

Eight people were killed and 34 others wounded after the suspension bridge linking islands Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan off the holiday island's south-east coast snapped, the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) said in an update on casualties on Monday. The agency had put the death toll at nine on Sunday.

Seventeen motorcycles were also lifted from the waters.

Bodies of victims have been handed over to their families and the injured have returned home, the agency's spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said, adding that all the victims were local residents.

 

The search and rescue workers were coordinating meetings on the repair of the 140m-long "Yellow Bridge", which is meant for pedestrians but often used by motorcycles, he added.

Several repairs had been carried out on the 21-year-old bridge previously. An inspection last Thursday (Oct 13) found it to be in "critical" condition and unfit to be used.

"Warning signages were then put up but residents continued to use it as it's the only bridge connecting the two islands . There's no easy alternative," the spokesman said.

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On Sunday, the bridge was crowded with people performing a religious ceremony to commemorate Nyepi, the Balinese "Day of Silence".

"We suspect (the bridge) was overloaded as there were many people and 17 motorcycles when it collapsed," he said.

Below is a interactive video of the bridge in the day, uploaded seven months ago.

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