Torrential rains continued to wreak havoc on Vietnam's Central Highlands region on Thursday with several localities hit by floods and landslides.
In Dak Nong Province, authorities in the provincial city of Gia Nghia detected three landslide-prone locations and took precautionary measures, including issuing warnings and preparing evacuation plans.
Elsewhere in the region, land erosion hit two roads in Nhan Co Commune and Kien Duc Town, both in Dak R'Lap District.
Landslips battered four other roads and infrastructure facilities in the border district of Tuy Duc, causing traffic gridlock.
The foul weather also triggered land subsidence at the Dak R'Tih hydropower plant, with some 300 square meters of the facility affected.
A landslide also affected a bypass of National Highway 14 in Ea H'leo District, Dak Lak Province.
In Lam Dong Province, the provincial administration asked relevant agencies to inspect and evaluate landslide-prone areas throughout the province, particularly mountain passes leading to Lam Dong, the home of Da Lat – a popular tourist destination.
The Lam Dong Department of Transport was told to form a working group, comprised of members from the Da Lat administration and relevant agencies, in order to examine vulnerable locations.
Competent forces were required to closely monitor further possible landslides and maintain rescue operations along Bao Loc Pass, where a fatal landslide claimed four lives, including three traffic police officers and a local resident, on July 30.
On Thursday morning, local forces were repairing a cracked section of National Highway 14 and working to find the cause of the cracking.
Nguyen Van Quy, deputy director of BOT and BT Duc Long Dak Nong Company, the developer of the highway, said this road reinforcement is a temporary solution to the damage.
The developer will hire a consulting unit to conduct a geological survey of the area and propose a solution, Quy said.