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Five bridges cordoned off in Kaohsiung following fatal earthquake

2016/02/15 20:21:56

Kaohsiung, Feb. 15 (CNA) Five bridges have been sealed off in Kaohsiung's rural communities after inspectors determined they were seriously damaged in the magnitude-6.4 earthquake that killed 116 people in nearby Tainan, officials said Monday.

Officials with the city's Public Works Bureau said inspectors checked 770 bridges across the metropolitan area after the earthquake hit on Feb. 6 and found 314 of them damaged, five of them seriously.

The five are Wen'an Bridge and Haiwei Bridge in Mituo District, Dongfeng Bridge and Dunzijiao Bridge in Neimen District and Chonghua Bridge in Meinong District, the epicenter of the earthquake, said the officials.

They said they were assessing whether to rebuild the five badly damaged bridges because it is no longer safe to travel on them, and estimated that it would cost NT$241.39 million (US$7.27 million) to rebuild the five bridges and repair all of the damaged bridges.

The bridges that have not been closed are safe to use, the officials said, adding that bridge inspections will be stepped up to prevent the development of any dangerous situations.

(By Cheng Chi-feng and S.C. Chang)