What should be done to hasten road repairs after the damage caused by floods?

Many roads in Vientiane were damaged by this year’s heavy rains and floods and making travel inconvenient or even hazardous for villagers. Vientiane Times ventured out to ask residents of the capital how their neighbourhood roads have fared and where urgent attention is most required.

A road submerged in Xaythany district last month.

Mr Bounporn, a songtheo driver in Xaythany district: The road in my village to the city was damaged because of the flood. It’s very hard to drive on. Many people have had accidents, especially at night when it’s dark because the road had many big potholes. Most of the accidents are drivers from other regions because they don’t know the road well and were caught unawares. In some part in the village, locals have repaired it themselves already because they don’t want any accidents caused in front of their homes but I think repairing the road is not the responsibility of villagers. Authorities should hurry up and fix the road for them.

Mr Va Luang-aphay, a resident of Phangum district: I went back to my home village two weeks ago. The road was good because it’s new but not completely finished, especially the bridge. However, last month the flood covered these areas so I worry if it will soon have problems because I don’t know if the construction was good enough. Last year, it was very bad for both cars and motorbikes. I think the government should invest more money in this problem because it will be more convenient for villagers and also assist with economic development.

Mr Party Thevixay, a resident of Nasala village, Xaythany district:  I really hate riding to my village. I haven’t been back to the village for a month already. I had no choice but to ride over all the potholes because there are too many. The road was already breaking up before the rainy season but now it’s even worse after the flood. Of course, I really would like to call on authorities to repair this road. They should fix it because villagers pay road tax but why do authorities keep the road in such a bad state like this.

Ms Meena Punyavong, a businesswoman in Vientiane: This year, the flooding caused many problems around our country including in Vientiane. The rain and flooding always damage the roads in Vientiane because they are often poorly constructed. It’s always the same every time we get big rain; flooding occurs because the drainage don’t work properly and some roads don’t even have drains. However, now the rain and floods have ended around the country, so the government should hurry up and repair the roads. I’m talking about not just repairing roads in Vientiane but other province as well. For example, the main road to Vangvieng that I travelled on two weeks ago is very bad and small cars cannot use it. The roads breaking up is always a problem in Laos. The government should pay more attention to the quality of road construction so that they can be used for many years.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update October 09, 2018)

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