The water level in the river below the bridge was higher than usual with strong currents after torrential donwnpours pounded the region.”The bridge probably could not contain the weight and it collapsed – seven were killed and three more are still missing,” Ujang Syafiri, head of the disaster mitigation agency, told AFP Monday.
Some students who fell into the water were rescued, while a search and rescue team scoured a 20km radius to find the missing victims, all teenagers, he added.
Parts of the Southeast Asian archipelago have been deluged with torrential downpours as the rainy season kicks into high gear.
In and around the capital Jakarta, some 67 people were killed this month as record rains triggered flooding and landslides around the capital region.
Lax construction standards have raised widespread concerns about building and construction safety in Indonesia.