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Schoolgirl dead in Malaysian bridge collapse

A schoolgirl on a camping trip has drowned and two others are missing after a new footbridge across the Kampar River in northern Malaysia collapsed as they crossed it.

Twenty pupils were left clinging to the remains of the 160ft-long suspension bridge when it collapsed, said Chen Fook Chye, a state MP who was at the scene.

He said: “There is a lot of confusion right now, a lot of worried parents.”

One survivor, K Mathivanan, 12, told the national news agency Bernama that the bridge suddenly collapsed after some pupils jumped on it.

He said: “Suddenly we were thrown into the river, but I managed to hold on to a rope.”

The two-week-old bridge was built to replace an old one that had fallen apart with age, according to the agency report.

Search teams found the body of one girl and are searching for the two other children, said Aziz Salleh, police chief of the Kampar district.

 

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