Heavy rains caused landslides and traffic jam in mountainous provinces of Vietnam

Heavy rains in last few days have caused landslides, especially on national highways, in the northern mountainous province of Lai Chau.

Traffic on the national highway that runs through the province was interrupted from Wednesday evening to Thursday morning. Vietnam News reports.

Local authorities reported that on Thursday about 6,000cu.m of rocks suddenly swept onto Highway 4D, stalling traffic between Lai Chau and Lao Cai provinces.

On Highway 12, which links Lai Chau Province to n Bien Province, at least two landslide sites were seen at the Km32 and Km46 points, with thousands of cubic metres of rocks falling on the road.

On Highway 4H, the soil collapsed and rocks fell at the Km336+900 point, accompanied by heavy rains, stopping traffic between Muong Te District and neighboring areas. Local forces have arrived to direct the remedial work. Road recovery is expected to be completed on late Thursday on highways 12 and 4D.

According to Vietnam News, at the landslide site on Highway 4H, construction workers are facing difficulties because heavy rain is still falling in the area and rocks and stones continue to fall.

Director of the provincial Department of Transport, Pham Ngoc Phuong said the provincial transport sector was working with district-level functional forces to direct rescuers at landslide sites and guide vehicles to ensure traffic flow.

After the landslides occurred, the department mobilised all equipment and human forces to resolve traffic interruptions and check all roads in the area to identify all landslide sites, focusing on repairing the most critical ones as soon as possible, the director of the department said.

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