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Manipur cut off from rest of India as crucial Barak Bridge collapses

The bridge collapsed when a 10-wheeler goods-laden truck was passing over it

Press Trust of India  |  Imphal 

Remaining portion of Mahad-Poladpur bridge in Raigad district
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The crucial Barak bridge located along the Highway-102 collapsed this morning, cutting off land-locked from rest of the country, an official said. The bridge collapsed when a 10-wheeler goods-laden truck was passing through it, a transport department official said, adding that the structure was in a fragile condition since last night. This has left around 200 goods-laden trucks coming from Jiribam town to Imphal stranded.

Repairing works are being carried out on war-footing, the official said. The Barak bridge is located along the Imphal-Jiribam highway and passes through the hill district of Tamenglong. The highway, considered as the second lifeline of the border state, assumed greater importance after a massive landslide at Viswema in neighbouring Nagaland cut off the major Imphal-Dimapur highway.

First Published: Mon, July 17 2017. 11:55 IST
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