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    Key bridge in Behsud on verge of collapse

    JALALABAD (PAN): A major bridge used by residents of 27 districts of eastern Afghanistan is on the verge of collapse in the Behsud district of Nangarhar province, residents and officials say.

    The 360-metre-long bridge over Kabul River, located one kilometre northeast of the provincial capital, was constructed 50 years ago. Thousands of vehicles bound for Nuristan, Kunar and Nangarhar provinces use it every day.

    Long in disrepair, the bridge was badly damaged by two back-to-back suicide attacks on NATO-led troops two years ago.

    Mahmoodul Haq, a resident of Behsud district, said the bridge rocks when vehicles or people in large number pass over it.

    He told Pajhwok Afghan News dozens of vehicles crossed the bridge. Many people could die if it caved in, he warned.

    Another resident, Mohammad Esa, claimed he always reached his office two hours late due to rush at the site.

    Hailing from Kama district, Sher Hassan Kamawal said that he often took two hours crossing the link. “Government employees, students and common people have long been experiencing this problem."

     Public Works Director Shafiqullah Wahdat said he had shared the issue with the governor and relevant departments. "Work on a new design of the bridge has been completed and the ministry assured us the problem will be resolved soon."