Fyzabad bridge collapses, leaving over 40 residents stranded
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Fyzabad bridge collapses, leaving over 40 residents stranded

About 40 residents of the Fyzabad estate were stranded in their homes on Wednesday morning when a damaged bridge on St John’s Branch Trace near the locks collapsed, isolating about seven homes.

One sick resident was unable to seek medical attention this morning because the bridge is now impassable to vehicles, local MP Dr Lackram Bodoe said in a statement on social media.

He said: “This happened despite numerous requests to the authorities to rectify the situation before it became a disaster.”

Bodoe further noted that a temporary means of transport was provided by a boat voluntarily provided by a villager.

Fyzabad bridge collapses, leaving over 40 residents stranded

He added that a team from the Siparia Borough Corporation’s Disaster Management Unit was also at the scene cleaning the river bank to ensure safer access.

However, Bodoe said a more permanent solution was urgently needed.

The MP said: “I urge you to treat this as a disaster and install a temporary Bailey bridge as soon as possible to provide urgent relief to stranded residents while a more permanent solution is awaited. I also urge you to remove the collapsed bridge and clear the watercourse to prevent another flood disaster when the rains come.”

Bodoe said water access in the area has also been disrupted.

“With the collapse of the bridge, the water connection was severed and I am asking WASA for urgent intervention to restore the water supply,” he said.