Friday, September 28, 2007

Vietnam Bridge Collapsed!


















(AP Photo/Vietnam News Agency, Vuong Thoai Trung)

Wednesday, September 26, 2007 the under construction bridge in Can Tho, Vietnam collapsed killing at least 50 construction workers and more are still missing leaving many injured. There was said to be about 150 workers on top of the bridge and 100 underneath the bridge. The bridge began construction sometime in 2004 and was predicted to be done next year. Its purpose was to link the Mekong River to Ho Chi Minh City. If it was to be finished the bridge would speed up the process of traveling across the river that many are making by ferry. The cause of the collapse is still being investigated. Furthermore reports that Japan provided more than $218 million ($25 billion yen) loan to the project and the rest was paid the Vietnamese government.


















REUTERS/Truong Cong Kha

I hope that the death toll doesn’t go up, but there seem to be people still trapped under the bridge. Even though the cause is unknown but knowing Vietnam and being Vietnamese, I jumped into the conclusion that somewhere in the process people are taking money into their pockets. The result would be the usage of cheaper materials or less of a materials being used. Also the structure base of the bridge, how deep did they dig it? I really feel sad for the workers and their family. What are your thoughts?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

wow, that's crazy...I hope no more deaths as well...

Anonymous said...

Reading VNEXPRESS, the first government response was fingerpointing a Japanese contractor for their on-site mismanagement. After the prime minister visited the site, a high-up govermental official declared that he will take personal responsibility. Reading further into his interview, it said nothing about him being responsible but rather that he will nail the culprit!

Anonymous said...

I bet its one of those officials pocketing money here and there that led to inefficient supplies as did with the Hoa Bien Lotus scandal in Nha Trang.