Wooden bridge washed away in South Garo Hills, another nearing collapse

Wooden bridge washed away in South Garo Hills, another nearing collapse

Tura | Sep 24, 2020: 

A wooden bridge which was present in Dumnikura got washed away on the morning of September 24, while another in Lower Gasuapara is on the verge of collapse amidst heavy rains in South Garo Hills (SGH).

According to reports, the bridge on the River Daldam near Dumnikura was already in a weakened state and broke apart before eventually being washed away by the surging river waters. Another wooden bridge in Lower Gasuapara on the same road is also on the verge of being washed away.

National Highway 62 contains many wooden bridges, while a few of them have been converted to modern Reinforced Cement Concrete (RCC) structures, many still remain as wooden bridges and are prone to breaking off.

The road through Chokpot has also been blocked due to a landslide at Rongrak area. The only route for residents to travel to other districts is through the Nangalbibra route, an addition of over 150 kilometres. According to the local administration, the road is impossible to navigate at this time as there are stretches along the highway that still need to be completed.

Confirming the situation, the Deputy Commissioner of SGH, Hubert Marak stated that the border road had been temporarily opened to traffic. The road had earlier been sealed due to COVID-19 protocols.

"Due to the situation, the border road has been opened for traffic as the other routes are not usable. We are trying to rectify the situation at the earliest," Marak said.

Meanwhile the Rongara – Siju MLA, Rakkam Sangma has expressed sadness over the washing away of the two bridges adding that he has spoken to PWD authorities to work on the situation on a war footing.

Garo Hills has been hit by incessant rains for the past few days leading to most rivers swelling up to their maximum levels. The situation for SGH, with its many wooden bridges, is precarious as most of them can collapse any time.

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