Ho Chi Minh Highway suffers serious flood damage

Heavy rains and floods following a tropical low-pressure zone in recent days have caused havoc along central areas of the Ho Chi Minh Highway. Thousands of cubic meters of soil have been eroded in landslides, said Vo Dinh Dung, head of the road management board for southern-central and Central Highlands regions in Danang City on October 19.

Workers repair a section of Ho Chi Minh Road damaged by Typhoon Ketsana in the central province of Quang Nam (Photo: Vietnamnet)

Repair of around 200 other landslide areas following Typhoon Ketsana along the highway has also been made more difficult due to heavy rains.

Bh’riu Liec, chairman of the Tay Giang District’s People’s Committee of Quang Nam Province said that the district’s four mountainous communes have been marooned since the main road was seriously damaged.

Around 40 tons of relief aid at the district People’s Committee headquarters have not been dispatched to the communes putting residents at risk of starvation.

Elsewhere, residents of Binh Son District, Quang Ngai Province have begun repairing boats damaged during Typhoon Ketsana, though tens of other vessels remain stuck after being washed ashore.

The same day, the Flood and Storm Prevention Center for central and Central Highlands regions said that river floods in the central provinces of Quang Nam and Quang Ngai had slowly begun receding.

Floods on rivers between Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Binh provinces, however, have continued to rise, the center said.

In related news, Colonel Tran Hau Tam, deputy commander of Ha Tinh Province’s Military Headquarters, said the military had asked the Ministry of National Defence to recognize Le Anh Tuan, 21, as a martyr. Tuan was swept away in the Rac River while searching for the body of a 24-year-old woman who was swept away in floodwaters on September 27.

The military also asked the National Committee for Search and Rescue to bestow a certificate of merit for Tuan’s courageous actions.

The ministry has donated VND50 million (US$2,800) to Tuan’s family while the High Command of Military Zone 4, including northern-central provinces, has donated VND20 million.

By staff writers – Translated by Hai Mien

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