On a Sunday evening around 6:30 pm on the 16th October 2016 tragedy struck the people of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. The famous and iconic yellow bridge that crossed the channel separating the two islands collapsed killing 8 people and injuring 42.
This terrible tragedy was intensified because children were among the casualties and the Islands of Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan who have always been close in proximity and community were celebrating a three day religious ceremony in honour of the sea when it occurred.
After this terrible occurrence locals from mainland Bali and wider Indonesia, tourists that have visited and fallen in love with the Bali islands, western businesses that operate in Bali and expats rallied together to support and help the local communities on both islands.
Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika also said after the tragedy that he wanted the bridge restored as soon as possible because it was the only access point between the islands but also because the ‘Kuning Bridge’ was an important and iconic structure that attracted tourists to Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan.
Whether it is with the help of one of the many ‘gofundme’ pages that were set up by caring people or this is a government initiative is unclear but it looks like yellow bridge is being re-built and there are even some that are saying the repairs will be complete by the middle of February 2017.
This could only be good news for the local population, local business and tourists who plan to visit the island next year. There are also reports that a new bridge will also be built during 2017 and that it will be suitable for cars and small trucks but as with most government projects in Bali we will wait and see.
Note: It has been pointed out that the rebuilding of the bridge is solely a government enterprise while the ‘gofundme’ initiatives were used to help the victims of the accident, so thanks for that.