|The rain-triggered landslide yesterday dumped a large amount of earth and rocks along the coastal road, disrupting traffic in Thuận Nam District, Ninh Thuận. – VNA/VNS Photo Công Thử|Viet Nam News
NINH THUẬN – A torrential downpour, which began on Sunday afternoon and lasted well into the night, has triggered a landslide on the coastal road in Thuận Nam District, disrupting the traffic flow.
The landslide occurred at the section that passes through Mũi Dinh-Cà Ná in Thuận Nam District of Ninh Thuận Province.
Speaking at the site on Monday, Trần Văn Hai, head of traffic management from Ninh Thuận’s transportation department, said hundreds of cubic metres of rocks and earth from the mountain slopes have come crashing down on the road, cutting off access at many points. There are three spots where the entire road is buried under the rubble.
Authorities from the province’s transportation and electricity departments have inspected the site to determine the level of erosion and the amount of cascading debris, in order to appropriately address the incident.
Officials are focusing on getting the required manpower and machinery to clear up the debris, after which they have to restore the ruptured power lines, telephone lines, light poles as well as traffic signals.
Signboards that ban cars from using the landslide-hit sections have already been put up. Officials recommend that people use alternative routes as there may still be loose rocks and earth that can easily fall onto the road.
Authorities will also formulate a long-term plan to prevent such incidents and ensure that traffic is not disrupted along this route.
The construction of Mũi Dinh-Cà Ná section of the coastal road was completed in August 2015. Since then, this section has been struck with landslides three times, causing major traffic disruptions. Nevertheless, authorities have not come up with a viable long-term solution to effectively deal with the situation. – VNS