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Households moved from path of impending flood

Update: September, 27/2012 - 14:38

 

 
 Landslide blocked the swollen upper reaches of Coc Stream in Northern Lao Cai Province.
People in Ta Phoi Commune clear the landslide.—Photo Laocaionline
LAO CAI – (VNS) Up to 400 households are being moved from their houses after a landslide blocked the swollen upper reaches of Coc Stream in Northern Lao Cai Province.

The rockfall has created a flooded reservoir, which may burst at any time in heavy rain.

Up to 200 people have been mobilised to clear the landslide and move the residents of Ta Phoi Commune, at the lower reaches of Coc Stream, out of danger.

Chairman of Ta Phoi People's Committee Nong Van Leng said if the flood water was allowed to build up behind the landslide it could break, sweeping away houses and properties downstream.

Meanwhile, fallen rocks which have held up traffic on National Highway 4D, from northern Lao Cai Province to Sa Pa town, will be partially cleared today, enabling the passage of small vehicles.

Director of Lao Cai Road Company Cu Kien Quyet said his company had blasted a passage through the rockfall. – VNS

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