12 children die during bad luck ceremony
Twelve Indonesian children have died after a suspension bridge collapsed as they were taking part in a traditional ceremony to dispel bad luck, a local official said.
The accident took place in a remote village in Aceh.
“There were about 37 kids gathered together on a wire-cable suspension bridge when it collapsed and they fell into a river,” district chief Ibnu Hasyim said.
Twenty-five children were rescued with minor injuries but 12 others – all below the age of 12 – were swept away in strong currents.
The children were watching a ritual ceremony to dispel misfortune after a measles outbreak in the area.