Thai troops keep close watch on Mon Bridge as debris piles up

Thai troops keep close watch on Mon Bridge as debris piles up

 

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The famous Mon (Uttamanusorn) Bridge, Thailand’s longest wooden bridge, is being watched around the clock by the Thai army for fear that it may collapse under the force of strong currents in the Songkalia River and a huge amount of debris which is piling up against the bridge’s superstructure.

 

Using motor boats, troops and volunteers have been trying to remove the debris, mostly tree branches and logs, being washed out of the jungle and restricting the flow of water under the bridge.

 

Colonel Saratvuth Chaisith, commander of the 29th infantry regiment based in the western province of Kanchanaburi, explained that the pressure of the water will increase and could force the wooden bridge to collapse, as in similar incident on July 28th, 2013 when the midsection of the bridge collapsed.

 

Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/thai-troops-keep-close-watch-on-mon-bridge-as-debris-piles-up/

 

 

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-- © Copyright Thai PBS 2019-08-13
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