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North-South railway paralyzed by storm

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North-South railway paralyzed by storm

Le Anh

HCMC – The railway connecting the nation’s north and south has been paralyzed by Tropical Storm Damrey and will not return to normal before November 9, according to Vietnam Railways Corporation (VNR).

Damrey, the twelfth storm to hit Vietnam this year, has knocked down trees, sign posts and power poles onto the railway, submerged several sections of the railway under water, and caused landslides on Ca Pass, thus interrupting all train services there. 

VNR said workers are racing against time to fix the railway section from Hao Son Station in Phu Yen Province to Dai Lanh Station in Khanh Hoa Province. Repair work will not be completed until November 9.

During an inspection of damaged railway sections on Sunday, VNR decided to build concrete barriers along the railway to protect the railway from landslides.

Automatic warning systems and signal systems that were broken during the storm will be fixed by tomorrow.
Since November 5, the railway section passing through Thua Thien-Hue Province has been flooded, and the section from Hao Son to Dai Lanh has been damaged by landslides. Passengers are now transferred by coaches to the next station to continue their journey until the repair of these sections is finished.

Railway authorities have canceled some train services, with about 1,500 passengers affected.

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