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Tragic failure: Newly built bridge collapses during inaguration [Watch]

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 7 September 2022, 14:54 IST

In a bizarre incident, a bridge in Democratic Republic of Congo collapsed as officials gathered to inaugurate it, according to local Khaama Press news agency. Videos of the incident are circulating on social media where people are making fun of the construction quality.

A small bridge was built to help locals cross a river during the rainy season. The temporary structure that was there before the bridge used to break frequently, the news agency said.

One of the videos displays officials standing on the bridge to formally inaugurate it during an official event. The inauguration would have been complete with the cutting of a red ribbon tied at one end of the bridge.

Watch the video here: 


However, as soon as one of the delegates - a woman - took out scissors to cut the ribbon, the bridge succumbed to the weight of the officials.

The video displays the female official seeking help and ready to jump to safety.

The security personnel immediately arrived at the spot and pulled the woman to safety from the falling bridge.

The rest of the members of the official delegation were left hanging but luckly, did not fall to the ground. Others were immediately seen rushing to help the stranded officials.

The tragic failure happened last week, according to iHarare. The bridge collapsed and broke into two half.

"Don't be surprised if the cost of this bridge is more than a million dollars of taxpayers money," a user tweeted.

"It's like the ribbon was the one holding the bridge together," said another.

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First published: 7 September 2022, 14:50 IST