20/01/2012 10:13 GMT | Updated 20/01/2012 12:12 GMT

Indonesian Children Cling To Collapsed Bridge To Get To School (VIDEO)

Children have been risking their lives to get to school as images released show students precariously crossing a broken suspension bridge in Indonesia, after it was damaged by flooding.

The bridge, which was built in 2001, provides a route over the Ciberang river to the school in Sanghiang Tanjung. Despite nearly collapsing after a pillar supporting the bridge was damaged on Monday by floods, the children are clinging onto the bars - all to avoid taking a detour to the next bridge which would add half an hour to their journey.

The children, some as young as five, are putting their lives in danger to get to school.

According to The Daily Mail, locals have already reported sections disappearing overnight.