Ten small bridges were inaugurated on May 30 in Long Xuyen city, the Mekong Delta province of An Giang, as gifts from the US Pacific Command.

Construction of the bridges, in the city’s My Thoi ward and My Hoa Hung commune, commenced in October last year at a cost of 728,900 USD to replace the old and unsafe bamboo bridges in the localities. The new ones have a loading capacity of 1 tonne each.

According to Robert Ogburn, US Deputy Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, the bridges’ construction fee was sourced from the fund for humanitarian assistance of the US Department of Defence.

Since 2000, the fund has also helped upgrade the local infrastructure system and build schools in remote and poor areas that were hard hit by the war, he noted, adding that similar activities will continue in the coming years.-VNA