Locals Risk Lives Standing On Crumbling Bridge In Flood

This is the moment locals risk their lives by standing on a bridge as it collapses after being weakened by floods which have so far killed 44 people.

Story By: Michael Leidig; Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder; Agency: AsiaWire Report;

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The crowd were even heard shouting and cheering as the main road on the on the Darbhanga-Sitamarhi road in in the Indian state of Biha, in north east India collapses into the swollen river.

The footage is filled by somebody on the opposite side and chose a crowd of several dozen obviously expecting the bridge to collapse but apparently confident it will not affect the part that they are standing on.

A short while later section of the bridge some feet in front of them collapses into the ground, but instead of stepping backwards, they then advance to the edge and peer down into the waters where the debris has already sunk.

Eyewitnesses said the traffic had been crossing the bridge right up to the moment where they realised something was wrong, and a small section crumbled into the water.

Pedestrians persuaded the traffic to stop, and advised people against crossing the bridge but it did not stop a crowd gathering to watch the spectacle.

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Local media reports suggest that up to 7 million people have been affected by the recent floods in Bihar and north east India which have so far claimed 44 lives.

Commentators warned that a tragedy was only narrowly averted by the fact that the bridge did not completely collapse together with those standing on it.

They also noted that despite the cheering, the road was actually a major highway for local villages which have now been completely cut off from any road transport until the bridge is repaired.

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