Suspension bridge collapse kills eight in Bali

At least eight people have died and 30 others were injured after a suspension bridge collapsed off the coast of Bali, officials have said. The Yellow Bridge, which links the Indonesian islands of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan, collapsed at 6.30pm local time. Police spokesperson Arendra Wahyudi said there were too many people passing over the bridge for a religious ceremony when it gave way. He added that the water beneath the bridge was less than two meters deep, but many of the victims were crushed by debris.

Some motorcyclists and people fell into the sea, and people in the area immediately tried to save them.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, Spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency

Two of those injured were in a serious condition, while the others suffered minor injuries. Initial reports indicate the victims were all Indonesian. Mr Nugroho said: “Before the bridge collapsed it was already shaking.” The bridge, which is around 100 metres long and 1.5 metres wide, is used only by pedestrians and motorcyclists.