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Storm Etau causes landslides along national highways in central provinces
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Storm Etau causes landslides along national highways in central provinces

The Saigon Times

Rocks fall onto a road in Khanh Hoa Province due to storm Etau – PHOTO: THANHTRA.COM.VN

HCMC – National highways in the central provinces of Daklak, Binh Dinh, Khanh Hoa, Quang Ngai and Kon Tum were affected by landslides after storm Etau made landfall in Vietnam’s south central coast on November 10.

According to the Directorate for Roads of Vietnam, National Highway 26 in Daklak Province was submerged 0.8 meter under water yesterday afternoon, while landslides occurred at several places on the Phuong Hoang mountain pass.

In Binh Dinh Province, large rocks fell onto National Highway 1D, while a section of National Highway 1 linking Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa provinces was also partially buried under rocks and soil due to landslides.

Similarly, landslides caused traffic congestion on the Truong Son Dong Road in Kon Tum Province.

The local authorities have sent machines and teams to the sites to clean it up and allow normal traffic operations to resume.

Landslides injured two commuters on the Truong Son Dong Road and damaged a house in Son Tay District, Quang Ngai Province, yesterday evening.

The local authorities said that commuters used the road despite the warning boards and barriers there.

The steering committee for natural disaster prevention and response of Quang Ngai Province said as of this morning, November 11, that landslides had occurred in six areas in the province, forcing 900 families to be evacuated to safer places.

The province is seeking VND310 billion in urgent aid from the Government to build resettlement areas for people in regions hit by landslides or risky regions.

Parts of the North-South railway in Binh Dinh and Phu Yen provinces were also submerged yesterday, delaying trains for several hours.

Meanwhile, the SE22 and SE21 trains, which were respectively scheduled to depart from the Saigon Railway Station and the Danang Railway Station today, have been cancelled.

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