27 Dec '11, 11am

Cambodian

Cambodian

Cambodian people look names of the bridge stampede victims during an inauguration ceremony of a memorial stupa in Phnom Penh on Nov 22, 2011. -- PHOTO: AFP PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Cambodian workers on Tuesday began dismantling a notorious bridge where 353 people lost their lives in a stampede last year, following the completion of two new crossings nearby. The country's annual water festival ended in tragedy in November 2010 when crowds panicked on the narrow crossing leading to Phnom Penh's Diamond Island, one of the main event sites. The bridge has since then been used only reluctantly by superstitious locals who thought it brought bad luck. 'The bridge is not necessary anymore since the construction of the twin bridges nearby has finished,' Diamond Island project manager Touch Samnang told AFP, adding that it would take around two months to dismantle the structure.

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