Jakarta (ANTARA) - Soldiers from the Indonesian Army have built a bridge in a bid to facilitate assistance delivery to residents affected by the cold lava flood originating from West Sumatra's Mount Marapi.

In a press release received in Jakarta on Monday, a local military commander noted that the bridge that had been under construction since May 24 is meant to connect Sungai Jambu Village in Pariangan Sub-district, Tanah Datar District, to several other villages.

"Yonzikon 12/KJ Menzikon/CRK soldiers, with assistance from TNI AD's Combat Engineer Center, built a type 2-1 nine-plot Bailey bridge to create access to the destination of the humanitarian assistance," Tanah Datar District Military Commander Lieutenant Colonel Agus Prio Pujo Sumedi stated.

He remarked that the distribution of logistics aid to the flood-hit people had been impeded by limited road access.

The Bailey bridge is expected to help stakeholders deliver the aid and facilitate local residents to conduct daily activities.

During the development of the bridge, he affirmed that the TNI AD was coordinating with the Tanah district government and its public works and public housing office.

Through intensive coordination, the bridge was successfully built and is now ready to accommodate vehicles, he said.

"We can confirm that the installation of the type 2-1 nine-plot Bailey bridge has been completed. The bridge is now ready to facilitate the distribution of humanitarian aid to Sungai Jambu Village and surrounding villages," he added.

Earlier, on May 11, a flash cold lava flood arising from Mount Marapi struck several districts and cities in West Sumatra Province.

In response, the central and local governments acted promptly to evacuate residents, search for missing people, and distribute aid to the affected regions, including Tanah Datar District.

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