Highways ravaged by landslides in central Vietnam
The government has to spend some VND350 billion ($15 million) to repair national highways that have been destroyed by landslides during the recent floods in the central region.
A section of National Highway 12A between Khe Ve Intersection and Cha Lo Border Gate in Minh Hoa District, Quang Binh Province was hit by landslide on October 19. Some 450 meters of it have been destroyed while a 100-meter stretch sank.
Following torrential rains, a hill with nearly one million cubic meters of soil and rock collapsed onto the highway, blocking part of it and destroying the rest.
A section of National Highway 9 in Quang Tri Province with a side eroded. Heavy rains have flooded many roads in Quang Binh and Quang Tri by up to two meters between October 17 and 20.
Another section of the National Highway 9 with a side destroyed. The central region has been hit by several tropical storms, prolonged heavy rainfall, severe and widespread flooding, and landslides over a period of almost three weeks, said to be the worst in decades.
At least 130 people lost their lives to floods and landslides in the region between October 6 and 25, and 18 others are still missing, 885 houses were damaged, around 8,200 hectares of paddy and other crops were destroyed, and over 7,000 animals and almost one million poultry were killed.
A part of the Ho Chi Minh Highway in Quang Tri Province has been eroded.
A hill collapsed on a section of National Highway 49 in Thua Thien-Hue Province.
A section of National Highway 49 has been cordoned off for repairs.
A section of the Ho Chi Minh Highway in Thua Thien-Hue is covered in soil and rocks following a landslide.
An excavator clears the Ho Chi Minh Highway in Thua Thien-Hue.
National Highway 49 through Thua Thien-Hue Province has its talus destroyed.
A cracked section of National Highway 9 in Quang Tri Province. The Directorate of Roads has estimated it will cost VND350 billion to repair the damaged highways.
By: Hoang Tao, Anh Duy
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