Twelve Indonesian children died when a suspension bridge collapsed as they were taking part in a traditional ceremony to dispel bad luck, an official said Monday.
The accident took place Sunday in a remote village in Aceh province, Sumatra island, district chief Ibnu Hasyim said.
"There were about 37 kids gathered together on a wire-cable suspension bridge when it collapsed and they fell into a river," he told AFP.
Twenty-five children were rescued with minor injuries but 12 others, all below the age of 12, were swept away in the strong currents.
Dozens of people were on the bridge in Aceh province watching a traditional ceremony intended to ward off disasters when it collapsed in six-feet (two-meter) high floodwaters triggered by heavy rains, said National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Priyadi Kardono.
Seasonal downpours cause annual flash flooding in Indonesia, a vast archipelago of 17,000 islands where millions of people live in mountainous areas or near fertile flood plains, The Associated Press reports.
After the incident with the shootdown of the Ilyushin Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea, Russia will supply an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Syria
Indeed, how dare they run US-independent policy? They should have followed the example of the European Union that turned independent states of the Old World into US-ditto entities