HCMC – Heavy rain has triggered landslides on two critical mountain passes in Vietnam, causing traffic disruptions.
This morning, November 16, a significant amount of mud and rocks tumbled down at Violak Pass, which is part of National Highway 24 connecting Quang Ngai and Kon Tum provinces. The landslide blocked a 10-meter section of the pass, which links Ba To District of Quang Ngai Province with Kon Plong District of Kon Tum Province.
The landslide not only obstructed the road but also left a nearly 30-centimeter crack on the road surface, making it impassable for vehicles traveling from Quang Ngai to Kon Tum.
Vehicles are temporarily prohibited from using Violak Pass, according to the vice chairman of Ba To District. Violak Pass stretches for nearly 30 kilometers, reaching an altitude of 1,300 meters, serving as a vital route connecting Quang Nam, Quang Ngai and the Central Highlands.
The prolonged heavy rains also caused a traffic disruption at Khanh Le Pass, located on National Highway 27C in Khanh Vinh District, Khanh Hoa Province. Landslides affected a road section spanning over 30 meters, causing a significant traffic jam as drivers were unable to proceed.
The Road 3 Management Board has dispatched contractors to clear the obstructions and facilitate the traffic flows. Khanh Le Pass is expected to reopen for traffic later this afternoon.
National Highway 27C, covering a distance of 121 kilometers, is a crucial route connecting Lam Dong with Khanh Hoa and other provinces in the Central and Northern regions. Due to the growing number of tourists traveling between the popular tourist cities of Dalat and Nha Trang, the route has heavy traffic.