President expresses condolences to bridge

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono expressed deep condolences to the families of the victims of a collapsed bridge in Kutai Kartanegara, East Kalimantan, on Saturday afternoon.

Three people were killed and 17 others were wounded after a bridge over the Mahakam river in East Kalimantan collapsed at 5.30 local time or 4.30 West Indonesia Time.

President Yudhoyono received report about the incident from the East Kalimantan governor half an hour after it happened, Minister/ State Secretary Sudi Silalahi said.

In a press conference at the Jakarta Convention Hall, Sudi said President Yudhoyono expressed deep condolences to the victims` families over the incident and had ordered an immediate investigation into it.

He said President Yudhoyono immediately held a meeting after hearing the news.

"He received reports from ministers concerned including me and the National Police chief half an hour after the incident occurred and immediately held a meeting during which he gave directives regarding what we should do," he said.

The meeting was held at the Holding room at the Jakarta Convention Center where the President was to hold a reception for the wedding of his son Eddy Bhaskara with the daughter of Hatta Rajasa, the coordinating minister for economic affairs.

Asked if President Yudhoyono would visit the location of the incident Sudi said he could not as yet confirm awaiting further reports.

"But the coordinating minister for people`s welfare and the public works minister will go there at 7pm. Later we will tell what we will do. Whether the President will go there or not depends on developments," he said.(*)

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