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SCHOOL CHILDREN CROSSING DAMAGED BRIDGE

Tuesday January 24th, 2012
Indonesian school children are risking serious injury or even death by using a partially collapsed suspension bridge to get to school.
The 162 metre bridge connects the villages of Ciwaru and Sibagi and without using it the children would have a 5 kilometre walk to get to school.
10-year-old Muhammad Ikhwan said 'It's far if we don't use the bridge. Yes, it's about 5km to walk,'
The bridge that was built in 2004 spans the Ciberang river and is the only way that connects the two villages over the river.
The bridge along with two other bridges in the district of Lebak have been damaged due to the recent floods but local people are asking the local government to repair the crossings.
Epi Suhaepi, a head of neighbouring village Pasir Tanjung said 'We hope the government takes immediate action on this matter as this bridge is used for daily activities, especially school children as Ciwaru villages is far and this bridge is the nearest connection,'


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