Russia, November 6, 2016: The Rotten Wooden Bridge which is the only lifeline of the inhabitants of the village of Luch, in Luhansk Oblast, a provincial city of southeast Ukraine, Russia stays rotten under water, and snow and is likely to collapse due to no maintenance.
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‘We have to trod through this unstable bridge for even buying bread for our livelihood’, says one of the locals. It is so because all the shops, schools, and market lies on the either side of the river. The city does have an alternate route of 20 kilometers out of the town and they can take the dirt road through the forest but unfortunately, to add to the precarious condition it even lacks public transport, therefore their only option is to walk all the way.
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The bridge was built by a local Sanatorium, which shut down two years, and no measures were taken to reconstruct or maintain it. The regional officer, Alekseki Starkov stated they have been processing the registration of this bridge since a year. But they are waiting for the court’s verdict after which the bridge will be accepted as the district property, it is only then they will they be able to proceed. So until the court’s judgment is favorable, the bridge will face the threat of a drop.
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The weather doesn’t seem to support the survival of this bridge. In spring, large chunks of ice float down the river making the conditions worse for the bridge as it may break and be swallowed under water.
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