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3 Filipinos die in Taiwan bridge collapse

OF the three Filipinos who were reported misisng after a bridge collapsed in Taiwan, onloy two have been recovered so far, an official of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) said on Wednesday.

Lito Banayo said in a radio interview that one of the victims was found past midnight while the other at about 4 a.m. Wednesday.

This picture taken on October 1, 2019 shows the wreckage of a fishing boat after a bridge collapsed in the Nanfangao fish harbour in Suao township in Ilan county, eastern Taiwan. Four bodies have been recovered from under a collapsed bridge in Taiwan, rescuers said on October 2, as searches continued for two people still missing when the structure smashed onto fishing boats moored underneath. AFP

Banayo said rescuers were searching for the third Filipino who went missing after the accident in Yilan that injured 10 others.

Banayo said authorities were looking at the possible weakening of the cables that held the bridge because of typhoon “Mitag,” which hit Taiwan the past week.

An oil tanker that passed the bridge on Tuesday caused the collapse, with the truck falling onto the fishing boats underneath.

An Associated Press report said searchers have recovered four bodies and were looking for two other persons missing from three fishing boats.

The National Fire Agency on Wednesday initially identified two of the victims as Indonesian and another as Filipino.

Taiwan’s military deployed a floating platform to help workers remove debris and try to extract two of the boats from under collapsed sections of the bridge. All the victims are believed to be fishing boat workers from Indonesia and the Philippines.

The 140-meter (460-foot)-long arched bridge collapsed Tuesday into a bay on Taiwan’s east coast, about 60 kilometers (40 miles) southeast of Taipei, the capital.

Ten people were taken to hospitals with injuries, including the Taiwanese driver of an oil tanker truck that fell off the bridge. The other nine are Filipino and Indonesian fishermen, with one, an Indonesian, in serious condition,

Taiwan’s official Central News Agency said, citing an employment agency that recruited the workers.

The 18-meter-high (nearly 60 feet) high bridge in Nanfangao, a Pacific coast fishing port, opened in 1998 and replaced a lower span that prevented large fishing vessels from passing underneath.

The company that designed the bridge, MAA Consultants, said it’s the only single-span arch bridge in Taiwan supported by cables and the second single arch-cable steel bridge in the world.

 Rescue personnel look on at a bridge after it collapsed in the Nanfangao fish harbour in Suao township on October 1, 2019. AFP PHOTO

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