More than 1,700 households in three remote communes in the mountainous province of Lai Chau are temporarily isolated due to prolonged heavy rains.
Heavy rains in the past week caused serious landslides along the roads connecting Khong Lao and Si Lo Lau communes in Phong Tho District, making three communes of Vang Ma Chai, Ma Ly Chai and Si Lo Lau inaccessible.
Besides efforts to search for the six missing people from Vang Ma Chai Commune, the district’s authority is mobilising all forces including militiamen, police, border soldiers, and defence force and necessary facilities to soon clear the damaged traffic route.
Initial statistics from Phong Tho District’s People’s Committee showed hundreds of landslides occurred during the flooding, with more than 100,000cu.m of rock, soil, and other earth materials.
“Traveling through the route is so challenging. We expect the State to soon use machines to clear the rocks and soil to facilitate our movement,” said Cheo San May in Vang Ma Chai Commune.
Another resident in the commune, Cheo San Sieu, added: “I have never seen so many landslides in the road for years. It is hard for the old people and children. Landslides seem to keep going in certain areas.”
Chairman of Phong Tho District’s People’s Committee, Tran Van Que said damage to the roads in the district as a result of the rain and flooding was substantial, meaning repairs were quite difficult and costly.
“Goods and other essential commodities for local people are in good stock. We also assigned relevant authorities to monitor the market price in the area to avoid the possibility of a price hike,” Que said.
In another development, landslides occurring at Km74 in the National Highway 4H running through the nearby Dien Bien Province early Saturday also made stopped traffic for nearly 30 hours, according to Vietnam News Agency.
“Traffic congestion is serious. Roads were temporarily opened at 8:30am on August 5,” the Director of Land Road Company II, Lương Thanh Tùng, said.
“Lorries and passenger buses were helped by specialised excavators and bulldozers to get through, whilst four-seat automobiles couldn’t move,” he added.
Yesterday morning saw landslides on another section of the National Highway 4H in Nam Po District’s Cha Nua Commune.
It also reported landslides took place on National Highway 12 linking Dien Bien and Lai Chau provinces, causing traffic jams for hours.
Flood water release
Due to an increased volume of water flooding to Hoa Binh River, the Hoa Binh Hydropower Plant was requested to open one floodgate at 8am yesterday.
It said one hour before the flood water release, the water level upstream measured 106.14m, the water level downstream was 13.43m while the flow to the lake was 1,577cu.m/s, and the total discharge volume was 3,358cu.m/s.
Ninety minutes after the flood water release, the water level downstream was 14.7m.
Heavy rain in the forecast
Heavy rain, storm and strong gusts are forecast in the South China Sea (East Sea) today due to the tropical low pressure system, the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecast warned yesterday.
As a result of the intertropical convergence zone combined with enhanced southwestern, winds with gusts of level 5 (29-38km/h), level 6 (39-49km/h) or event level 8 (62-74km/h) were reported in the southern South China Sea and sea areas from Binh Thuan to Ca Mau on Sunday night and Monday.
Strong winds and cyclones are expected today off the coast of the central and southern regions, including the Truong Sa (Spratly).
Archipelago, and sea areas from Binh Thuan to Ca Mau, Ca Mau to Kien Giang and in the Gulf of Thailand.
According to a report on VNS