by Richard Tomkins
Parsippany, N.J. (UPI) Jul 21, 2013
Ready to assemble roadway bridges by Acrow Bridge have been supplied to Nepal by the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command.
The modular bridges supplied part of USASAC's program to help Nepal respond national emergencies, such as landslides, avalanches, earthquakes and floods, the company said.
"All over the world, Acrow bridges connect people to the necessities they need to return to normal life or to enrich and sustain their daily health and wellbeing," said Bill Killeen, president and chief executive officer of Acrow. "We are proud to provide a solution that works well in a variety of situations and delivers immediate benefits to surrounding communities."
Acrow bridges are assembled from steel bridge components. They are more than 76 yards long and five yards wide. The company said their bridges feature a load capacity of as much 120 tons and can be assembled rapidly using minimal equipment.
Training on the use of the bridge system has been provided to Nepalese military personnel at the company facility in New Jersey.
Death toll rises, blackouts remain in Philippines after typhoon
Reports of fatalities from the typhoon, which struck the archipelago on July 16, continued to come in from isolated areas, bringing the number of dead to 97, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said in a statement.
Officials have said most were killed by falling trees and debris or knocked down by the storm's powerful winds. Six people, most of them fishermen who went out to sea, also remained missing, the council said.
The Department of Energy said power had been restored to many areas but about 280,000 households in Metro Manila and surrounding provinces were still without electricity.
Other provinces that felt the storm's fury also had only partial electrical service as power companies struggled to repair tens of thousands of toppled electrical poles, said department spokeswoman May Militante.
The Manila Electric Co., which distributes power to the capital and surrounding areas, hopes to have electricity restored to virtually all affected areas by Wednesday, the department said.
But areas outside the capital region may not get power back till the end of the month, Militante warned.
However the country will likely be spared the fury of Typhoon Matmo.
It approached the archipelago over the weekend but now appears likely not to hit land but to move northwest towards Taiwan, the government weather station said.
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