Landslides injure one, block many roads in Điện Biên, Lai Châu

November, 01/2021 - 15:00
Landslides, triggered by torrential rain, were reported on Sunday night and early Monday morning, injuring one woman and causing a house to collapse in the northern mountainous province of Điện Biên.
A house collapsed due to a landslide in Pa Tần Village, in the northern mountainous province of Điện Biên on Monday morning.— VNA/VNS Photo

HÀ NỘI — Landslides, triggered by torrential rain, were reported on Sunday night and early Monday morning, injuring one woman and causing a house to collapse in the northern mountainous province of Điện Biên.

Landslides also blocked many sections of roads in Lai Châu Province.

In Điện Biên Province, a household in Pa Tần Village, Pa Tần Commune, Nậm Pồ District, was destroyed due to a landslide early Monday morning. There were no injuries reported.

Vàng Thị Vân, chairwoman of the People’s Committee of the commune, said after the landslide, other homes near the collapsed house were not damaged, however, a woman sustained minor injuries when she tried to escape.

Landslides also blocked many sections of National Highway No 4H, connecting Nậm Pồ District and Mường Nhé District on Monday morning.

The commune administration has sent forces to re-open the blocked sections and arrange temporary accommodation for people living in the area.

The commune administration said due to the landslide, about 200 households had been isolated.

It also warned that the water level of local rivers and streams was rising quickly, which might cause flash floods and landslides in the coming hours.

In Lai Châu Province, Hoàng Tiến Quý, director of Lai Châu Road Maintenance No 1 Joint Stock Company, said the company had dispatched staff and excavators to re-open several blocked roads in the province on Monday morning.

The company installed warning signs for road users travelling through sections of roads that could be hit by landslides, he said.

The company also arranged staff and excavators to be on duty at sections of local roads that often suffered landslides, he said.

In a related move, the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting warned that torrential rains would continue in three regions of the country until November 5.  

The northern region’s temperature could remain at 17-18 degrees Celsius during the period, the centre said. — VNS