National Highway 12 paralysed for a week

Update: August, 04/2015 - 17:00

A section of the road covered with mud due to a landslide in Lai Chau Province. — Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — A landslide caused by prolonged torrential rains and floods halted traffic on National Highway 12, which connects the northern mountainous provinces of Dien Bien and Lai Chau, on Monday afternoon.

A 1.4km stretch of the road, located in Dien Bien Province's Muong Cha District, is buried under an estimated 32,000cu.m of rock and soil.

According to Dien Bien Province's Transport Department authorities, it will take 5 to 7 days for traffic to resume along this route.

Tran Thanh Kien, deputy director of the province's Traffic Department, said the department plans to build a 1.5km-long emergency road, which will take 5 to 7 days to complete if Muong Cha District promptly clears the site. 

However, he said only small vehicles will be allowed to travel on that road. 

He said it would take a long time to repair the damaged road because a lot of work needs to be done on difficult terrain.

In addition, the transport department is preparing a plan to redirect traffic from Muong Lay Township to Dien Bien Phu City during the construction of the emergency road. Accordingly, all vehicles from Muong Lay Township will temporarily travel along National Highway 6, passing Tuan Giao District to Dien Bien Phu City. This will add an extra 80km to the journey. 

The department also advises vehicles to follow the alternative route when travelling from Lai Chau Province's Lai Chau City to Dien Bien Phu City and vice versa. — VNS