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Friday, January 20, 2012

Floods in Indonesia Still a Daily Danger to Children

Perilous crossing: Students, some as young as five, hold on to the side steel bars of a collapsed bridge as they cross a river to get to school at Sanghiang Tanjung village in Lebak, Indonesia.

At first glance, it looks like an action sequence from Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom.

But, in reality, it is the daily commute to and from work and school for of adults and children in Lebak, Indonesia.

Clinging for dear life on a disintegrating wood-and-wire suspension bridge, children as young as five take their lives into their hands fowarding the Ciberang River every day.

The river crossing become precarious and potentially fatal last week after the suspension bridge was almost washed away by flooding.

A pillar supporting one side of the crossing collapsed, leaving the wooden planks that acted as a path tilted to one side.

Only one side of the suspension bridge remained intact, meaning commuters have had to carefully pick their way over the bouncing structure. Read More