A suspension bridge that collapsed in Lai Chau Province, killing eight people February 24
The government has approved the building of bridges in remote areas in the northern and central regions, which now make do with dangerous makeshift bridges,at a cost of nearly VND325 billion (US$15.4 million).
The project would prioritize routes to schools, government offices, medical centers, and areas where traffic is cut off by flooding during the monsoon, news website VnExpress reported.
Local administrations have to bear the cost of acquiring land and relocating people and local people are encouraged to help with the construction.
The lack of bridges in highland areas causes particular difficulties, especially for children going to school. They mostly resort to boats though rivers in these areas are rough, which often resulted in fatal drownings, especially in the rainy season.
Poor bridges pose another threat.
This photo report by Tuoi Tre newspaper shows locals in Lai Chau Province in the northern mountains struggling every day with makeshift bridges built by the locals themselves using bamboo.