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Another bridge collapses in Bihar, 10th such incident in over 15 days

PATNA: Bihar has witnessed its 10th bridge collapse in just over two weeks, officials reported on Thursday. The latest incident where two other bridge collapses occurred in the Saran district, which was reported in the last 24 hours.

District Magistrate Aman Samir said that the latest incident was reported from Saran which witnessed two more bridge collapses in the last 24 hours.

No casualty was reported after the structure, built 15 years ago by local authorities, collapsed this morning, he added.

The small bridge was situated in the Baneyapur block over the Gandaki river and used to connect several villages in Saran with the neighbouring Siwan district.

“The small bridge was constructed 15 years ago. I am going to the spot. Several other officials of the district administration have already reached there. The exact cause of the bridge collapse is yet to be ascertained but desilting work was recently undertaken,” the District Magistrate said.

One in Janta Bazar area and another in Lahladpur area, the Saran district witnessed the collapse of two small bridges on July 3.

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“A high-level probe has been ordered to find out the reason for the collapse of these small bridges in the district,” the DM said.

According to locals, heavy rainfall for the last few days in the district might have contributed to the collapse of these small bridges.

In the past 16 days, 10 bridges collapsed in Siwan, Saran, Madhubani, Araria, East Champaran and Kishanganj districts.

The latest incident took place a day after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar directed the road construction and rural works departments to conduct a survey of all old bridges in the state and identify those that require immediate repair.

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