Bridge collapse kills at least eight people off the coast of Bali
An iconic yellow suspension bridge linking two islands off the coast of Bali has collapsed killing eight people and injuring 42 others.
The rickety bridge between Nusa Lembongan, a small island off the south-east coast of Bali famous for its snorkelling, and Nusa Ceningan, collapsed around 6pm local time on Sunday.
Klungkung police chief Arendra Wahyudi said traffic over the bridge had been heavy due to a Balinese ceremony at a nearby temple.
"Because of the ceremony, the traffic over the bridge was quite heavy. The bridge itself is quite old," he said.
Arendra said the evacuation had been stopped for the night.
A doctor from Nusa Lembongan clinic said eight people had died and 42 were treated after the collapse of the bridge. He said all were locals from villages on the two islands.
Amongst the dead were five adults, two children and a toddler.
The narrow Jembatan Kuning (yellow bridge) was the only connection between Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan and was wide enough for motorcycles and pedestrians only.
One reviewer on Trip Adviser this month wrote: "We went over the bridge – 2 up on the mopeds and have to say it was a little nerve wracking. The boards creaked like they were about to give way any moment and very squishy if you come across others crossing in opposite direction."
The tragedy comes just a month after two people died and 18 were injured following an explosion on a ferry between East Bali and the Gili islands.
The Jembatan Kuning bridge also collapsed in February 2013 but there were no casualties.
- Sydney Morning Herald