These shocking images show ‘time-bomb’ holes spotted in the pillars of a bridge in Brazil that were revealed after the water level of a dam was lowered.
The accident waiting to happen was observed at the Jurumirim Bridge, which is located on the Raposo Tavares Highway in the municipality of Piraju, which is located in the state of Sao Paulo in Brazil.
The footage, filmed from a boat that circled the bridge’s pillars, reveals massive holes in the structure, which residents say were revealed after the dam’s water level was lowered.
Marcelo Teruel, who filmed the images, said: “It’s a time bomb. It’s going to fall if it continues like this. It’s just that before, the water was above those cracks and nobody saw it. I wonder how many other bridges could be like this.”
He added: “I went out on a jet ski and went around because I wanted to see the island that appeared because the dam had dried up a lot.
“When I reached the bridge, it started to shake as the cars passed over and I saw some holes. I decided to film it to see if it could reach the authorities because a lot of people pass by there.”
The footage has reportedly notched up over 330,000 views on TikTok alone, with Marcelo saying he posted the footage online in the hopes that someone would be able to solve the problem because “it’s a huge risk”.
He added: “You don’t even need to be an engineer to see that it is a risk.”
The Department of Highways has reportedly said that it is looking into the matter.
Two hundred and seventy people died in a mudslide after a dam collapsed near the municipality of Brumadinho, in the state of Minas Gerais, in January 2019.