Russia repairs damaged Trans-Siberian railway bridge, resumes transport

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Tuesday it had fully restored train travel over a Trans-Siberian railway bridge in its far east that was damaged last week by floods.

The world's longest railway is a strategic transport artery for Russia's economy, shuttling not just passengers but also commodities like oil, timber and coal between Europe and Asia.

The bridge over the river Areda gave way on Friday in the region of Zabaikalsk, some 300 km (190 miles) north of the border with China and Mongolia. No casualties were reported.

TASS news agency said around 650 houses were flooded and five road bridges washed away in flooding in Zabaikalsk region on Thursday following heavy rain.

The damage to the bridge prompted Russian Railways, which operates the sprawling national train network, to suspend passenger traffic in both directions along the route.

(Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov; writing by Vladimir Soldatkin; editing by Tom Balmforth)

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