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Landslides cut off parts of central VN

Update: November, 13/2010 - 09:37
HCM CITY — Torrential rains have caused a series of landslides in the mountainous central region, blocking many highways and roads for the last several days.

In Quang Nam Province, a wall of earth and rock slid down Soi Mu Mountain in Nui Thanh District on Wednesday afternoon, cutting off Ky Ha Port (Chu Lai) from National Highway 1A.

A 100-metre stretch of Road 618 is buried under 2 to 10 metres of rock and soil.

A minor landslide occurred in mountainous Son Tay Commune in Quang Ngai Province on Thursday, cutting off the Tra Trung – Di Lang road.

On provincial road 622B, soil and rock cover a third of the road's width following a landslide, slowing down transport to Tay Tra District in Quang Ngai.

Also in Quang Ngai, a massive landslide blocked traffic on the road connecting Tra Bong and Tra Thanh Districts as well as roads in Tay Tra District.

In Ha Tinh Province, on Tuesday two deep pits opened up in a fish pond in Huong Lam Commune, Huong Khe District, sucking it dry.

All the water and 500kg of fish disappeared into the seven-metre-deep pits which are around four metres across.

In Binh Dinh Province, the floodwaters have been receding gradually since Thursday, but several stretches of Road 640 from Tuy Phuoc town to the eastern communes and Phu Cat District remain under up to a metre of water.

In the province's Van Canh District, soil and rocks on the Dai slope slid on to the newly built road below, covering 3km of it.

Seven people have been killed and two injured so far in the floods while one person is missing. Besides, 85 houses have collapsed and 117 are severely damaged.

The total damage is estimated at VND513 billion (US$26 million).

The Binh Dinh People's Committee has asked the Government for VND150 billion ($7.7 million) besides 3,000 tonnes of rice, 400,000 doses of foot-and-mouth disease vaccines, 500,000 doses of cholera vaccines for pigs, and 20 tonnes of disinfectants. — VNS

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