Laos continues searching for Vietnamese driver missing in landslide

By VNA   August 8, 2023 | 10:47 pm PT
Laos continues searching for Vietnamese driver missing in landslide
Flood in Khounkham District of Khammuane Province in Laos. Photo by VNA
The Lao government and military have continued to search for a Vietnamese driver missing in a landslide incident after having rescued 45 Vietnamese citizens trapped in the area, Lao media reported.

Local media quoted head of Khounkham District of Khammuane Province Keovilay Xayabouth as saying that the Lao government, especially the military, is speeding up the search for the missing driver.

So far, rescuers have saved 45 Vietnamese citizens stuck at the incident and helped 40 vehicles flee from the affected areas, he said.

Landslides happened in four locations along National Highway 8 between Khammuan and Bolikhamxay provinces on August 4, pushing 110 vehicles, including 95 trucks, 13 pickups, a bus and a motorbike, into the ravine.

A total of 25 people, including three women and five children, were stranded at one location, while another 43 were trapped at another, all of whom were brought out safely.

Local authorities said that currently the section of National Highway 8 through the mountainous areas of Phou Pha Man and Phou Hai is still temporarily blocked until further notice for repairing.

Due to prolonged heavy rains recently, landslides have happened on many roads across Laos, leading to the blockage and damage of many roads.

In addition to conducting rescuing activities and assisting people affected by floods and landslides, Lao authorities are focusing on repairing the damaged roads.

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