The Central Highlands province of Dak Nong will spend 3.6 billion VND (over 171,400 USD) on repairing makeshift and suspension bridges to ensure safety for locals in the approaching flood season.

The provincial Department of Transport said funding for the work will be sourced from the road maintenance fund.

Dak Nong currently has 143 makeshift bridges and 17 suspension bridges. Most of them are located in rural areas and have been degraded due to a lack of maintenance.

In previous flood seasons, dozens of bridges were washed away, hindering the travelling of local residents and threatening their lives and properties.

Deputy Director of the department Nguyen Nhan Ban said the province now can only afford repair work since it costs hundreds of millions of VND to build a new bridge.-VNA