Northern Landslides Halt Traffic on Main Roads

Motorists in Luang Prabang, Oudomxay, and Houaphanh face a red alert for landslides when travelling on northern mountain roads, especially Route 13, which is completely blocked along some stretches, following three days of downpours.

In Luang Prabang, landslides have washed away several parts of Route 13 North. Nambak District Head of Public Works and Transport Phopsavath Sengduangdeth told Vientiane Times the main road is blocked in between Namnga and Xiengda villages.

Landslides have also dumped mud on Road 1C from Pakmong to the border with Oudomxay Province.

“Roads from Luang Prabang to Oudomxay and to Houaphanh have been affected by landslides and flooding following several days of rain. But the authorities have earthmoving equipment on standby to clear blocked roads,” he said.

Other roads across the country’s north have been cut off by rushing water following the flash flooding.

In Houaphanh, several roads and bridges have been hit, including Road No. 6B between Viengxay and Xamtay Districts, which is now impassable, according to local sources.

Source: Vientiane Times


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