|The landslide occurred on National Highway 12, the section near the Nam Pon Bridge in the De Phin Commune in the border district of Sin Ho in the mountainous Lai Chau Province. — VNA/VNS Photo
LAI CHAU (VNS) — Strong flash floods after prolonged rain yesterday caused nearly 20,000 cubic metres of stones to slide down hill slopes onto the road, blocking National Highway 12.
The landslide occurred on National Highway 12, the section near the Nam Pon Bridge in the De Phin Commune in the border district of Sin Ho in the mountainous Lai Chau Province
According to Hung Hai Co. Ltd., which is responsible for the upgrading of the highway, the flash floods swept away the road near the Nam Pon Bridge. The waters also swept away two civil houses, along with many equipments and facilities of the upgraded project, including a 60-tonne ferry and a 16-tonne roller into the river. The damages are estimated to be worth more than VND3 billion (US$142,850).
The incident has caused traffic jams on the Lai Chau-Dien Bien route, but no casualties have been reported.
According to Vietnam News Agency's reporter in Lai Chau Province, the project staff have levelled the road and laid a temporary surface. The damaged section has been opened to traffic today, but vehicular movement is still difficult because of the poor quality of the road. — VNS