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Chinese bridge tumbles down – two hours after it’s ‘finished’

Builders in Shaanxi province accused of using shoddy materials, newspaper reports

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 June, 2017, 12:35pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 June, 2017, 12:35pm

A rural bridge under construction in northwest China partially collapsed only hours after its supports were removed amid claims that the builders had scrimped on materials, according to a newspaper report.

The stone bridge, about 20 metres long and six metres high, was designed to connect a highway and village in Danfeng county in Shaanxi provine and help villagers cross a river prone to flooding during heavy rains, the Chinese Business View reported.

Workers spent two months building the bridge, but part of it collapsed on Monday only two hours after supports were taken away.

Villagers suspect that builders used low quality stone and too little cement, the report said.

One villager was quoted as saying he had raised questions over the quality of materials, but builders had shrugged his complaints off.

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The head of construction told the newspaper that heavy rain led to the collapse and he would rebuild the bridge

The bridge cost 90,000 yuan (US$13,000) with 50,000 yuan of the money coming from the local government and the rest from villagers.

The report suggested that the county’s charity association, which approved the project, and the local government financial department that funded the bridge, had failed to properly supervise construction.