Department of Public Works and Transport in Oudomxay Province has estimated that more than LAK 60 billion will be required to rebuild roads damaged by the flooding caused by tropical storm Ma-on. They expect to finish construction within two years.
Lao National Radio reports that 49 roads and 44 bridges in Xay, La and Namor districts have been affected.
Oudomxay Head of Department of Public Works and Transport, Mr. Khamsaeng Ali, said during an interview that the department is working with private companies to ensure that the main roads can be used by vehicles.
Two main roads connecting Xay district to Luang Namtha province, as well as roads connecting Xay district to Phongsaly province (2E route), are among the 49 roads affected. Locals have been advised to not use these roads at the moment. Heavy rains in the first week of September have also led to landslides, muddy roads, and motorists have been asked to used other routes to travel in the area.
Mr. Khamsaeng stated that some roads have been repaired and that the province now allows fright transport to pass through.
In August, flooding affected 2,324 people in four districts in the province, including Xay, Namor, Nga, and La districts, and two people lost their lives. Around 66 houses were affected by the floods, 58 were damaged and two of them collapsed from riverbank erosion, while 23 houses were washed away.