Bangladeshi Bridge Collapses

Villagers struggle to free people trapped under fallen concrete slabs
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2007 8:47 AM CST
Rescuers take out a victim of a bridge collapsed from the river at Kalapara, 160 kilometers, (100 miles) south of Bangladesh capital Dhaka, Saturday, Non. 24, 2007. A bridge collapsed Saturday under the...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – At least three people were killed and scores injured in Bangladesh today when a bridge packed with thousands of cyclone survivors collapsed, the AP reports. Another 20 people were missing. The collapse occurred as Bangladeshis moved toward a relief center to receive much-needed food and supplies in a district hard hit by last week's cyclone.

"We have walked for several kilometers to reach this riverbank to get some food because relief operators just distribute to the people on the banks and roadside," said one survivor, explaining the tense situation that led to the collapse. Having delivered 3,000 gallons of water, the US Navy prepared to start airlifting large food packages to remote areas as early as tomorrow.