A view of the port city of Nanfang'ao in Taiwan's Yilan country, with its landmark bridge still intact in the background, in this undated photo. (Photo courtesy of Taiwan Tourism Bureau)

Two Indonesians Dead, One Missing After Taiwan Bridge Collapse


OCTOBER 02, 2019

Jakarta. The bodies of two Indonesian migrant workers have been recovered from the ruins of a bridge that collapsed in Taiwan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Wednesday.

The workers were employed on a Taiwanese fishing boat. A third fisherman is still missing.

The 140-meter-long Nanfang'ao Bridge in Taiwan's northeastern Yilan country collapsed on Tuesday morning, falling onto three fishing vessels that were underneath it at the time. A fuel truck, which was crossing the bridge when the incident occurred, caught fire.

The Indonesian Economic and Trade Office in Taipei has sent a team to the location, about 64 kilometers north of the capital, to assist the country's citizens. Four injured Indonesians were rescued from the collapsed bridge on Tuesday, according to Yudha Nugraha, director of citizen protection and legal aid at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

"The Taiwanese authorities have found two Indonesians among the three who were reported missing [on Tuesday]. The two were found death," Yudha said.

The bodies of the two Indonesian workers were taken to Yilan Veteran's Hospital.

"Taiwanese authorities are continuing the search for the other missing Indonesian worker," he said.

Indonesian officials will arrange for the repatriation of the bodies and ensure that the employers of the injured workers comply with Taiwan's labor regulations.

Yudha said all the victims were employed legally in Taiwan.