bridge crossing the Sesan River at Andoung Meas

This is the new bridge crossing the Sesan River at Andoung Meas giving us easy access to Jong School, Chea Thom School, and Kah School (and an easy exit route for the hard woods of Virachey Park). It was opened last year by the Prime Minister with much self praise and congratulations. Looks good but the sharper eye will notice that the centre support column is missing. During the floods large trees being washed down took part of the bridge support with it.
We went to cross it today but found it only open to the bravest of moto drivers. We had to take the 4×4 across by the old ferry at a cost of $50 return (small price to pay to disrupt the logging of virgin rainforest).
The good news is that the schools we visited are in excellent health. Chea Thom had over 100 children across two classroom when we were expecting to find the school still closed due to the flood damange. Jong has new teachers who have cleaned and primed the school. Great start!

Quick challenge? What missing from this photo? [answer below] Answer: This is the new bridge crossing the Sesan River at Andoung Meas giving us easy access to Jong School, Chea Thom School, and Kah School (and an easy exit route for the hard woods of Virachey Park). It was opened last year by the Prime Minister with much self praise and congratulations. Looks good but the sharper eye will notice that the centre support column is missing. During the floods large trees being washed down took part of the bridge support with it. We went to cross it today but found it only open to the bravest of moto drivers. We had to take the 4x4 across by the old ferry at a cost of $50 return (small price to pay to disrupt the logging of virgin rainforest). The good news is that the schools we visited are in excellent health. Chea Thom had over 100 children across two classroom when we were expecting to find the school still closed due to the flood damange. Jong has new teachers who have cleaned and primed the school. Great start! Never a dull moment in Ratanakiri mind...

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Originally uploaded to: In pictures, the effects of the Cambodian monsoon, autumn 2013