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2 missing in Lai Châu due to landslide

Update: August, 02/2017 - 17:47
Prolonged heavy rainfall has caused serious landslides, cutting off access to a number of communes in Điện Biên Province’s Nậm Pồ District. - VNA/VNS Photo Xuân Tư
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LAI CHÂU  A torrential downpour, which began on Tuesday evening and lasted well into Wednesday morning, has triggered landslides in Lai Châu Province’s Mường Tè District.

Two people were reported buried under the rubble on Wednesday morning while they were on the way to a rice field. They were identified as Giàng A Dính and his son, Giàng A Thang, from Tà Tống Commune in Mường Tè District. Their bodies had not been recovered as of 11am on Wednesday.

The rain also swept away local residents’ rice, poultry and cattle.

Nearly 10,000 cubic metres of rocks and earth from mountain slopes crashed down on the road, paralysing many routes through Ka Lăng, Thu Lũm,Tá Pạ, Pa Ủ, Vàng San and Nậm Khao communes.

Mai Văn Thạch, chairman of the district People’s Committee said local authorities have mobilised manpower and machinery to clear the debris.

The landslides have also cut off access to several communes in Điện Biên Province’s Nậm Pồ District.

Nguyễn Minh Tuân, deputy head of the provincial Management Unit of Traffic Project, said landslides damaged a section of National Road 4H, the main route connecting with Nậm Pồ District.

Eleven spots along the 32km long route of National Road 4H connecting to Na Hy Commune were struck by landslides, with more than 20,000 cu.m of rocks falling, causing difficulties for road users.

Local authorities were working with the road management board to repair the damage, Tuân said.

The route is expect to be cleared on Saturday, he said. — VNS

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