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Landslides paralyse route in Kon Tum

Update: December, 06/2016 - 16:54
Workers repair a section of the damaged road on the Trường Sơn Đông route in Kon Tum Province. – VNA/VNS Photo Cao Nguyên
Viet Nam News

KON TUM – Prolonged heavy rainfall and impact of the strong cold air over the week have caused serious landslides paralysing the Trường Sơn Đông route through the Tây Nguyên (Central Highlands) province of Kon Tum, authority has said.

This is the third time during the rainy season that the route suffered landslides, with over 25,000 tonnes of rock falling down, causing difficulties for road users, according to the provincial People’s Committee.

The rocks and trees drifting from upstream had damaged the barriers and avalanches had occurred intermittently, due to which residents in Ngọc Tem Commune were completely isolated.

Đặng Thanh Nam, deputy chairman of the People’s Committee of Kon Plong District, said local authorities were coordinating with the road management board to repair the damage. 

It was expected that the landslide route would be cleared today, said Nam.

Measures to actively prevent disasters and deal with the aftermath of heavy rainfall were also being strengthened, according to Nam.

Locals were advised not to walk around areas affected by landslides. Families at a high risk of flashfloods and landslides would be removed to safer areas, he said. – VNS





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