Adults and children in Việt Nam’s central highlands region must use wooden suspension bridges that have become badly damaged in recent floods to daily commute to and from work and school.
Residents in villages Kon Sơ Lăl and Kon Măh in Chư Pah district in Gia Lai province have to face dangers of all sorts from river crossing every day since most of suspension bridges in the area are too old to be used.
River crossing also remains a constant hazard for commuters in Kon Tum, Dak Lak, and Dak Nong provinces.
Moreover, the construction of several hydropower projects in the country’s central region has left roads separated, forcing local residents to wade across reservoirs to go to mountainous fields despite dangerous conditions.
A woman holds on to a bamboo bar of a suspension bridge, part of which is under water due to flooding, in an effort to cross a swollen river
Three men together carry a motorbike through a swollen river using only a tree trunk
Children in Hà Tây commune in Chư Pah district take lives into their hands crossing a river on an old wood-and-wire suspension bridge
Wading across Ba river is the sole option for more than 1,200 residents in three villages Kial 1, Kial 2, and Bien in Kong Chro district, Gia Lai to daily commute to and from work and school
Heng in Krong commune in K’ Bang district guides his wife and child to cross a swollen river
A 10-year-old wooden suspension bridge in Hà Tây commune in Chư Pah funded by local government now looks seriously damaged
A woman in Adroch village nearly falls down to a river when she manages to cross it on a simple bridge made of two wood logs