Work to begin on bypass after pipe bridge collapse

Officials in western Japan will start installing a bypass for a collapsed water pipe bridge on Wednesday, as a temporary fix for thousands of homes without water.

The bridge over the Kinokawa River in Wakayama City collapsed on Sunday. About 60,000 households, which account for nearly 40 percent of the city, are still suffering a water outage.

The bridge is the only route to send tap water from a purification plant on the river's south side to residents on the north side. A total of 83 water trucks were being mobilized on Tuesday.

A temporary water pipe will be installed on a nearby bridge. The work will begin on Wednesday at the earliest, after necessary materials are obtained.

The city hopes to resume water supplies late on Friday and fully restore services by Saturday morning.