The famous U Bein Bridge in Myanmar was closed after a fall left 23 people injured, eight of them women

The U Bein Bridge in Myanmar is located in Amarapura Township, Mandalay Region, on Taungthaman Lake. Is closed indefinitely as a result of a partial collapse that left 23 people—eight of them women—injured. Around 3 p.m. on October 29, Thadingyut Full Moon Day, two pieces of the bridge’s front edge collapsed due to a sizable throng of onlookers. “The bridge’s front edge has been eroding for a while, but it is still structurally sound. The collapse was caused by officials’ failure to enforce crossing prohibitions on that weak portion, as a local seller recounted.

 

A number of the teakwood pillars on the front edge of the bridge broke as a result of the large number of people who have been on it since the morning of the holy day. As a result, according to local officials, 23 people—eight of them women—sustained minor injuries. 23 people were injured after more than 50 persons jumped from a bridge as a result of being overweight. However, hospital treatment was denied by those impacted, according to a local benefactor. The bridge is currently closed indefinitely.

 

The shallow water beneath the bridge prevented a more disastrous consequence even though three of the teakwood pillars on the bridge collapsed,” a villager who lived close to Taungthaman Lake stated. The Taungmingyi Board of Trustees, which is in charge of maintaining the bridges, states that on important occasions, the U Bein Bridge in Amarapura Township usually draws about 20,000 people. Known for its teakwood construction, the U Bein Bridge crosses Taungthaman Lake. At over 1.2 kilometers in length, it is the longest and oldest teakwood bridge in the entire world.

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