The Government has decided to spend 20 billion VND (1.05million USD) in advance to urgently upgrade the railway sector connecting the two provinces of Binh Dinh and Khanh Hoa, which was damaged by the tropical storm Mirinae.

Last November, when the storm hit the country, it damaged 25 sections of the north-south railway route that run through the coastal central provinces .

The land-slide affected sections stretched for 70km in total.

More than 770 fallen trees had caused serious damaged to railway signal system and destroyed nearly 300 concrete poles and 12,150 metres of cable lines. In particular, the rail signal system from Khanh Hoa to Binh Dinh provinces, including the control and management equipment had been completely destroyed.

Electrical infrastructure at Van Canh and Tan Vinh stations in central Binh Dinh province were also destroyed after several days of flooding.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has required the Vietnam Railway Corporation to implement the upgrading of the railway and take responsibility for the construction work.

The repair and upgrade of damaged sections must be completed before this year’s flood season, which normally starts in July, said the PM.

The railway sector has mobilized more than 1,000 workers to repair the damaged sections. The railway route has initially been improved./.