25/08/2018 09:01 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Landslide-hit Kon Tum – Laos route reopens to traffic

National Highway 18B, which connects the Bo Y international border gate in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum with Laos’ Attapeu province, has recently opened to traffic after being blocked due to landslides.

Earlier, downpour for several days caused landslides at 12 sites along the route, with thousands of cubic metres of earth and fallen trees blocking the way.

According to Nguyen Huu Hung, Director of the Kon Tum Transport Department, said serious landslide sites have been fixed. However, the work is estimated to take four to five more days to ensure smooth traffic for the whole route.

Tran Thanh Van, head of the customs department at the Bo Y international border gate, said there are lightweight vehicles travelling on the route. Container carrier trucks face many difficulties. A number of trucks carrying urgent goods containers need to be pulled by other vehicles to move through.

At the border gate, security has been maintained, with vehicles arranged at parking areas waiting for their turns to cross the route.