Video of a truck washed away by floodwaters in Oudomxay Province on Tuesday went viral on social media. Fortunately, nobody was harmed in the incident but the truck was badly damaged.
As shown in a viral video posted on Facebook, Muang La District in Oudomxay Province was inundated by heavy rains early this week. A truck was swept some 80 meters by the floodwaters, causing the truck to be nearly overturned.
Relatives of the owner of the truck said that the family had been visiting a nearby temple in the early morning when the floodwaters swept the truck away.
The entire family exited the vehicle immediately and no one was injured, however, the flooding intensified and triggered a landslide.
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The truck’s owner stated that the vehicle was just one-month-old and had been purchased at LAK 62 million (approximately USD 3,800).
Several districts in Oudomxay Province have seeing heavy rains recently, which have caused flooding and other natural disasters.
Authorities say the floods may delay the repair of roads in the area, with the Department of Public Works and Transport in Oudomxay Province estimating that more than LAK 60 billion will be required to rebuild roads damaged by tropical storm Ma-on last month.
They expect to finish construction within two years.