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Indonesian floods claim more lives as footbridge collapses over river

Jakarta: A footbridge on Indonesia’s Sumatra island broke while it was packed with people and several fell into the overflowing river below and drowned, officials said on Monday.

Seven bodies have been pulled from the water as far as 12 kilometres from the bridge that broke Sunday afternoon in Kaur district of Bengkulu province.

Rescuers are searching for three others, between 14 and 17 years old, still missing and feared dead, said Ujang Syafiri, who heads a local disaster mitigation agency.

Deadly floods have affected Jakarta for weeks.

Deadly floods have affected Jakarta for weeks.Credit:Getty Images

About 30 people, most of them teenagers, had just returned from a tour at a nearby hydropower plant and stopped on the footbridge to take photos of the extreme flow of the river.

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