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Road collapse causes major inconvenience in Phongsaly

Sections of a road in Phongsaly province have collapsed due to a landslide following heavy rain that occurred on Tuesday.

All vehicles including private cars, buses and trucks cannot use the road which is inconveniencing road users and local people who are forced to use boats instead for transport until the road is repaired.

Director of the Public Works and Transport Department in Phongsaly province, Mr Bounthavy Sorsoukan told Vientiane Times via telephone yesterday that the collapsed-road is cut at two points near Hadnga-tay in Samphan district.

Local officials are now surveying the damage and preparing to repair the road sections as soon as possible to resolve transport problems.

Mr Bounthavy said the road was not linked to any key roads, only connecting Phongsaly's districts of Khua, Samphan and May but this was creating major inconvenience for local people.

Transport to the area is difficult at the moment with local residents and others unable to use the road. Transport to the area is by boat only.

On Tuesday, heavy rain occurred in areas of Phongsaly province causing landslides and the road to collapse.

This is the first time the 47 kilometre road, which has been in use for over four years, has been affected by a collapse making it impassable.


By Times Reporters
(Latest Update August 17, 2017)

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