Northern road cut by landslides
The road from Kasy district in Vientiane province to Nan district in Luang Prabang province is currently cut by numerous landslides following recent heavy rainfall, authorities have reported.
Authorities said the road was cut on Tuesday night at about 7:45pm after heavy rain lashed the province since Friday last week.
Many motorists and tourists on the route needed a ride back to find somewhere to stay in Kasy district town guesthouses.
Officials urged the public to use caution when travelling in the area as poor road conditions may contribute to accidents.
Vientiane provincial authorities assigned officials to survey the collapsed road before preparing to repair the section.
Workers were scheduled to start their repairs this week but have found it difficult because of the weather, authorities reported.
At the moment, it is not easy for workers on the road because it is still raining. If there is no more rain the road may be reopened in the near future.
Road users and tourists can use an alternative route, Road No. 13 North via Phoukhoun to the northern provinces, authorities advised.
As of yesterday, the road from Kham to Phonsavanh district in Xieng Khuang province was also cut by flooding after heavy downpours, provincial authorities reported.
In Xieng Khuang the flash flooding inundated Road No. 7 in Paek district. Residents have been resorting to heavy vehicles to cross the flooded route.
Most of the swamped farmlands and households are in Yuanthong village of Paek district.
Heavy rainfall over several hours yesterday caused flood waters to inundate private and state property and cut off key roads in the province.
Some roads linking the northern districts are now difficult to travel on but passable while other routes have been completely cut off by landslides, authorities reported.
Motorists travelling to the northern provinces have been advised not to use the Kasy to Nan road and go via other routes, officials warned.
Source: Vientiane Times. (Latest Update July 20, 2017)