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Traffic on Trans-Siberian Railway halted after bridge collapse

Traffic on the world’s longest railroad was blocked by a bridge collapse following heavy rain and flooding.

Officials said Friday that dozens of trains were stuck on the 9,289km Trans-Siberian Railway.

No one was injured when part of the bridge collapsed in the Lower Kuyenga region in Transbaikalia, east of Lake Baikal.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called on the authorities to quickly restore work and promised that the trains would move again in two and a half days.

The second link should also resume work in five days, Putin said, adding that officials have been instructed to urgently ensure uninterrupted supplies of food and other essentials to the affected regions.

The Trans-Siberian Railway, which connects the Russian capital Moscow and Vladivostok, covers eight time zones across the country.

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