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Congolese bridge collapsed while it was being inaugurated: "Grand opening and grand closing"

Congolese bridge collapsed while it was being inaugurated: "Grand opening and grand closing"

The bridge was built to replace an older construction that was infamous for frequently collapsing.

Sharply dressed officials assembled to inaugurate a bridge in the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Monday, but the bridge collapsed beneath their feet just as the ribbon was cut, per Reuters. In the midst of the ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Mont-Ngafula neighborhood of Kinshasa, the bridge gave out, with both of its railings coming off, and the middle portion collapsing into the stream a few meters below.

As the VIPs scrambled to exit the wrecked bridge, onlookers yelled with what appeared to be excitement. According to reports, no one was wounded in the incident. The video that was extensively disseminated on social media showed a man in military fatigues and dark glasses who was one of the last persons to climb free while holding an unopened bottle of champagne.



 

 

The bridge was constructed to aid locals in crossing a river in Kinshasa's Mont-Ngafula, which rose and became hazardous during the rainy season. The bridge was built to replace an older construction that was infamous for frequently collapsing. As soon as one of the delegates cut the ribbon with the scissors, the new bridge collapsed under the weight of the people standing on it. The female official is seen in the video leaping to safety and being saved as soon as the bridge begins to collapse. However, there were still other male delegates holding on to the bridge. The rescue team arrives quickly and saves the other before the bridge completely descends into the river. 



 

 

On social media, the footage of the bridge crumbling has gained a lot of attention. Many online users have mocked the government, while others have made fun of the poor construction. The video with over 40,000 views and has gone popular. A user tweeted, "You guys will be even more surprised when you find out how much money was released for this shit."

Officials who were stranded on the fallen bridge, according to reports, were rescued just in time. Another user tweeted, "Grand opening and grand closing all at the same time. Africa to the world. Makofi!"

Another user tweeted, pointing to the corruption that goes into projects such as this, "when gods turn against bad leadership where only 20% off the budget is used to do the actual work while the rest is embezzled." A fourth user tweeted, wondering if they should laugh or cry. "Accountability of resources for infrastructure, health, etc.... Please. We can't go anywhere with shady jobs, contracts and contractors."



 

 

Cover Image Source: YouTube/Independent

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