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Asia Pulse Thursday September 27, 06:11 PM

Fatalities In Vietnam's Can Tho Bridge Collapse Surge To 59

HANOI, Sept 27 Asia Pulse - By 6.30 p.m. on September 26, the number of fatalities as a result of the collapse of the Can Tho bridge had reached 59 with close to 70 others still trapped amongst the rubble.

As yet, rescue teams had not been able to bring any of the trapped workers to safety.

Aids in materials and cash, as well as rescue workers have flocked to the site to help in the effort.

Emergency groups from the Ho Chi Minh City-based Cho Ray Hospital and several military hospitals have also come to the site.

National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong on the day extended his condolences to the victims' families.

He also urged the Ministry of Transportation to drum up available personnel for the rescue of the missing, and to aid families of the dead and the injured.

About 250 workers and engineers were reported to be working on the bridge when the accident occurred at 8 a.m.

The span that collapsed was 90 metres long and was part of the bridge's approach road.

The Can Tho bridge, the longest in the Mekong delta so far, is being built across the Hau River, a branch of the Mekong River, in Can Tho city.

Construction of the Can Tho bridge began in 2004 and is slated for completion next year.

(VNA)

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