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Landslide damages Highway 4D

Update: August, 13/2015 - 14:14
Damage caused by landslides is seriously affecting the traffic on National Highway 4D section through Lai Chau Province. —  Photo
Landslide damages Highway 4D

HA NOI — The traffic on a section of National Highway 4D, passing through the northern mountain Lai Chau Province, has been affected due to the damage caused by landslides late yesterday.

Mud and boulders up to 5m wide and weighing an estimated 1,000cu.m are covering about 17m of National Highway 4D, which links the two northern mountain provinces of Lai Chau and Lao Cai.

The landslide occurred yesterday evening at Km67+800 in Tam Duong District, causing inconvenience to much of the traffic there.

Lai Chau provincial traffic police were immediately sent to the area to resolve the situation, but it was difficult to complete the work early because of the heavy damage caused by the landslide.

A local witness said besides a great amount of earth, a large boulder was lying on the road that would have to be removed by a bulldozer.

Currently, workers and machines from the Construction Joint Stock Company No 3, which specialises in bridge and road construction and management, are trying to deal with the problem.

However, they said the removal of such a large amount of earth and rocks was a hard task that could not be completed soon.

Nguyen Kien Chung, deputy director of the Construction Joint Stock Company No 3, said the land surface in the area was weak, making it easy for landslides to occur.

The recent rainy season was also one of the reasons for the landslide, Chung added.

The deputy director said the company had sent all its workers and machines to the area, including a modern rock-cutting machine to help remove the large boulder.

Traffic was expected to return to normal later today, Chung said. — VNS

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