Rising water knocks out new Nay Pyi Taw bridge
AS monsoon rains drenched the country, a Nay Pyi Taw bridge paid for by locals was knocked out by rising creek water yesterday morning, residents said.
The bridge, in eastern Lewe township’s Aye Chan Thar village, broke in the middle at 6:30am, said resident Ko Aye.
“The public is having a hard time with transportation,” he told The Myanmar Times.
In 2014, residents donated cash for the construction of the bridge, which opened on July 20 of this year.
Some sections of the bridge were knocked out previously but they were always repaired by authorities. This time, many sections, totalling about 75 feet (22.7 metres), have been destroyed.
“Now the students and teachers who come to the villages for school are having transportation issues,” said Ko Aye. “It is also difficult for people to go downtown for their health, social, food and clothing needs. We will ask the township to make the repairs quickly.”
The broken bridge traverses Pa Lway Creek, which is fed by the Paunglaung River. The rapidly rising water, originating in the river, knocked out the bridge.
Rain is also flooding roads and buildings in other Nay Pyi Taw townships, residents said.