21 Aug 2009

Section of highway in Palau collapses after heavy rain

7:47 am on 21 August 2009

A 60 metre section of highway built three years ago in Palau has collapsed after heavy rains.

The Marianas Business Journal says "Compact Road" on Babeldaob collapsed during several days of torrential rainfall, which also caused several mudslides along the road.

The section of the road on the east side of the island south of the Palauan capitol in Melekeok dropped about 3 metres and a detour around the damage was put in place within a few days.

A preliminary estimate put the cost to repair the damage at about 500,000 US dollars

The 85 kilometre roadway was built by South Korea-based Daewoo Engineering and Contracting Company Ltd, under contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

It was completed in 2006 at a cost of 143 million US dollars and funded with Compact funding from the United States.