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Northern residents struggle for their livelihood in icy weather

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:04 am

People in the northern region have experienced much hardship caused by the extreme cold weather, with temperatures continuing to remain below 10 degree Celsius.

Hanoians near the To Lich river trying to keep warm by lighting a fire (Photo: Van Phuc)

Yesterday morning female porters along the Nhue River bank in Hanoi had not found any work due to the cold weather condition. As a result, they gathered and made a fire to keep warm.


Similarly, some women from the Xuan La Commune, Tay Ho District, were found huddle together, trying to keep warm instead of searching for shellfish in the Tay Lake as usual although the price of a kilogram of shellfish has skyrocketed from VND11,000 to VND20,000 a kilogram.


Elsewhere in Tu Liem District, thousand of people start work early at 1am in order to harvest their vegetables and flowers. This is to ensure that their products will be sold at the markets on time.


Mountainous regions see cattle die in the hundreds


Loc Binh District in Lang Son Province, on Sunday reported a lot of cattle die from the cold weather. The worst affected area was in Mau Son Commune, where temperatures fell to -1 degree Celsius, causing dead to hundreds of buffalos. Most of the cattle were old or calves.


Local resident Nguyen Thanh Lan said many traders have come to Mau Son in order to buy the dead cattle. The prices were VND200,000-300,000 for a calf and VND1 million for a buffalo.


Lan further said, that if the cattle had lived they would fetch a price of VND3-5 million and VND10 million, respectively.


Early in the New Year, over 50 buffalos from the Pac Nam District of Bac Kan Province, were found dead, due to cold weather condition. The provincial governor did at that time instruct local farmers to move their cattle out of the district, aiming to find more appropriate shelter for the animals.


People in the provinces of Ha Giang, Lang Son, Cao Bang and Bac Kan are very concerned that if the cold weather continues, more cattle will die.


Related article:
Cold weather killing cattle

Source: SGGP

Northeasterly winds cause havoc for central residents

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:29 am

Six people have been reported dead, while 23 others are still missing at sea. This was due to a very changeable and powerful northeast wind that has affected central area over the last few days.

Nguyen Lam is saddened by the fact that his three sons are still missing in Long Dien District, the southeastern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau (Photo: Tuoi Tre)Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat, at a meeting instructed rescuers to find the missing people still at sea. They are from provinces like Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa and Ba Ria-Vung Tau.

Minister Phat, who is chairperson of the Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention, said that the people in the provinces from the south side of Hai Van mountain pass to the southern region have experienced the loss on life and the destruction of property, because of the strong winds.


In the Gulf of Tonkin, the winds had even been at level 10 (89-102 kilometers an hour). Several high waves were up to 4-7 meters high, siking boats. 


The National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center said that the weather has been more anomalous with a slew of cold fronts causing vortexes and strong waves at sea.


Although the national weather bureau had forecasted that the winds might hit dangerous levels of 9-10, local fishermen still went out on the rough seas.
 
A fishing boat with seven people on board from the Binh Dinh Province was saved on Monday by navy forces. It experienced trouble and eventually sank 95 kilometers southeast off Song Tu Tay Island of Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago on Sunday.


The same day, In the neighboring province of Phu Yen, two boats sank by large waves off Tuy Hoa town. All the people on the two boats have been saved.


In related news, 23 members of the Phu Tan container vessel are still missing in the Gulf of Tonkin although rescue forces have mobilized seven boats and a helicopter in the rescue effort.


Related articles:
Seven fishing boats sunk in Vung Tau
Two of five missing fishermen found dead in Thua Thien-Hue

Source: SGGP

Deputy Prime Minister visits Binh Dinh flood-hit residents

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 10:03 am

More big city residents face goiter in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on November 20, 2010 at 8:13 am

Proportion of residents using clean water still low

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2010 at 8:51 am

Floods and storms trigger landslides, threaten central residents

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Residents along coastal and riverside areas in the central region are concerned as their lives and properties could be swallowed up at any time by torrential waters this flood and storm season.

A house on the Gianh Riverbank endangered by land erosion in Quang Binh Province (Photo: SGGP)

Seawaters annually eroded from 50-70 meters more than normal in Thach Bang Commune, Loc Ha District, Ha Tinh Province in recent years, said the Thach Bang People’s Committee chairman Tran Dinh Nhu. In addition, the intrusion of salt and sand also neutralized dozens of hectares of farmland.


Along the commune’s Xuan Hai Beach, local residents have had to construct restaurants farther inland because the old ones, closer to the water’s edge, have been devastated.


In the neighboring commune of Thach Kim, the embankment is just 5-10 meters away from the seawater edge, while it was 200-300 meters away only five years ago.


In Quang Binh Province, high tides collapsed nines houses in Nhan Trach Commune of Bo Trach District in the middle of July. Bac Dinh Village’s residents said that seawaters have swept away half their village’s land so far.


About 1,000 people living along rivers and beaches in the province face the dangers inherent to land erosion. Meanwhile, landslides have swallowed over 500 kilometers of riverbanks, affecting Tuyen Hoa District most severely.


Things are no better in Thua Thien-Hue Province, as Phu Thuan Commune’s beach has invaded farther inland, collapsing dozens of houses in recent years.


Ngo Thi Gai from An Duong Village said that her family has lived in fear, as most of her garden has been swallowed by seawater, while the house has been severely damaged.


Hundreds of other households are also suffering similar outcomes in Phu Vang, Phu Loc, Phong Dien and Quang Dien districts.


In the mountainous district of Tra Bong in Quang Ngai Province, over 60 households with about 308 residents of Tra Lac Village are nervous because of a new cleft in Ca Bot Mountain that measures 70 meters in length and is up to one meter in width at some spots.


The village patriarch Dinh Van Nho said that the clefts occurred a few years ago, concerning local residents, but they do not know where to evacuate and are still awaiting State assistance.


In Nghe An Province, Hung Nhan Commune of Hung Nguyen District annually losses about five hectares of production area due to land erosion. Hundreds of households have to evacuate annually during flood season.


Waiting for Government’s assistance


To help coastal residents in Thach Bang Commune of Ha Tinh Province to cope with land erosion, local authorities have mobilized inhabitants to plant casuarinas along beaches and asked relevant authorities for measures to cope with the issue.


Meanwhile, people in Phu Thuan Commune of Thua Thien-Hue Province are still waiting for a resettlement policy to be handed down by provincial authorities.


The Government has assisted Quang Ngai Province withVND10 billion (US$526,000) to build resettlement areas for mountain residents in landslide-prone areas. However, the construction has not been completed on schedule, while the flood season has moved in, placing residents in a dangerous situation.

Source: SGGP

Mekong Delta residents look forward to flooding

In Uncategorized on August 16, 2010 at 11:21 am

Paddy fields in the Mekong Delta annually receive Mekong River floodwaters as from July but the provinces of An Giang and Dong Thap have not seen this yet. Local residents are suffering from this phenomenon.

Mekong Delta residents travel by boats during last year’s flood season, begining late July. The flood season has yet arrived this year (Photo: SGGP)


At present, water levels on the Tien and Hau rivers are 0.58 -1.06 meters upstream, clearly lower than those in the same period last year, according to reports from An Giang.


In Dong Thap, boats have been strenuous to travel on some canals inner Thuong Phuoc 1 and 2 fields.

Local residents’ concern


A host of residents in Dong Thap Province have expressed anxiety as they should have exploited an abundant source of seafood during the flood season, which has yet arrived.


People upstream have met a lot of difficulties as their earnings mainly rely on catching seafood, bringing them about VND70,000-100,000 a day, said Nguyen Thi Tron, from Hong Ngu town’s Binh Thanh District said.


According to Binh Thanh Commune People’s Committee, several households have spent tens of millions of dong on equipping means to catch seafood. However, their facilities have been blanketed as floodwaters have not visited their fields.


The late flood season has also hold on seafood farming as local residents in  provinces like An Giang, Dong Thap and Kien Giang have lamented that they could not raise fish and shrimps due to a shortage of water.


Related article:
Delta trade villages look forward to floods

Source: SGGP

Residents donate land to build school

In Uncategorized on August 13, 2010 at 3:23 pm




Residents donate land to build school


QĐND – Friday, August 13, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)

PANO – Several ethnic minority people in Ngoc Wang Commune, Dac Ha District in the Central Highlands Province of Kon Tum, have offered land to build a school for local children.


The family of A Veng and Y Veh in the Kon Re Village has donated more than 2,000 sq. m. of land to build a 4-classroom-school.


A Hiep, Secretary of the commune’s Youth Union, said that the plot of land, which is near the road, is worth more than VND 100 million, but A Veng donated it to the local authorities.


With new class-rooms, he hopes that more local children will have a chance to go to school.


A Deh, a poor male head of household in Dac Dem village, has also offered land to build a school. He said that as local children need more class-rooms, he donated his land for that reason alone.


The district’s local authorities have presented Certificates of Merit to these residents.


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Residents enlisted to help protect forests

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2010 at 7:19 pm




Residents enlisted to help protect forests


QĐND – Sunday, August 08, 2010, 21:6 (GMT+7)

The central province of Thua Thien-Hue plans to raise the forest coverage rate from the current 56 per cent to 60 per cent by 2020.


The province will plant 4,000-4,500ha of forest each year, according to its plan for forest protection and development until 2020.


In past years, the authorities separated forested land into specific planting orientations. For instance, babul trees, coast oak, pine and other native trees were grown in productive-forest areas.


One hectare of forested land under babul tree cultivation yields a profit of VND13-VND33 million (US$700-1,700) in five to seven years. Such earnings have encouraged afforestation by farmers.


Thua Thien-Hue Province has also announced a four-year, VND34.2 billion (US$1.8 million) programme to allocate 240,854ha of forests to individuals and organizations for protection.


In Thuy Yen Thuong Hamlet, where 404.5ha have been handed to the care of residents, illegal logging has completely stopped and the guardians of the forest profit from collecting rattan and fallen branches for firewood.


Trees of a certain age are allowed to be harvested.


Without the programme, each forest ranger in the province has to protect 1,000ha of forest.


The province has regularly organised training courses for farmers, forestry staff and farm owners, and offered incentive policies for forestry officials who volunteer to work in remote areas.


The forestry sector has created 18,000 jobs each year in recent years, which has helped lower the poverty rate in the province.


Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News


 


Source: QDND

Floods and storms trigger landslides, threaten central residents

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2010 at 11:22 am

Residents along coastal and riverside areas in the central region are concerned as their lives and properties could be swallowed up at any time by torrential waters this flood and storm season.

A house on the Gianh Riverbank endangered by land erosion in Quang Binh Province (Photo: SGGP)

Seawaters annually eroded from 50-70 meters more than normal in Thach Bang Commune, Loc Ha District, Ha Tinh Province in recent years, said the Thach Bang People’s Committee chairman Tran Dinh Nhu. In addition, the intrusion of salt and sand also neutralized dozens of hectares of farmland.


Along the commune’s Xuan Hai Beach, local residents have had to construct restaurants farther inland because the old ones, closer to the water’s edge, have been devastated.


In the neighboring commune of Thach Kim, the embankment is just 5-10 meters away from the seawater edge, while it was 200-300 meters away only five years ago.


In Quang Binh Province, high tides collapsed nines houses in Nhan Trach Commune of Bo Trach District in the middle of July. Bac Dinh Village’s residents said that seawaters have swept away half their village’s land so far.


About 1,000 people living along rivers and beaches in the province face the dangers inherent to land erosion. Meanwhile, landslides have swallowed over 500 kilometers of riverbanks, affecting Tuyen Hoa District most severely.


Things are no better in Thua Thien-Hue Province, as Phu Thuan Commune’s beach has invaded farther inland, collapsing dozens of houses in recent years.


Ngo Thi Gai from An Duong Village said that her family has lived in fear, as most of her garden has been swallowed by seawater, while the house has been severely damaged.


Hundreds of other households are also suffering similar outcomes in Phu Vang, Phu Loc, Phong Dien and Quang Dien districts.


In the mountainous district of Tra Bong in Quang Ngai Province, over 60 households with about 308 residents of Tra Lac Village are nervous because of a new cleft in Ca Bot Mountain that measures 70 meters in length and is up to one meter in width at some spots.


The village patriarch Dinh Van Nho said that the clefts occurred a few years ago, concerning local residents, but they do not know where to evacuate and are still awaiting State assistance.


In Nghe An Province, Hung Nhan Commune of Hung Nguyen District annually losses about five hectares of production area due to land erosion. Hundreds of households have to evacuate annually during flood season.


Waiting for Government’s assistance


To help coastal residents in Thach Bang Commune of Ha Tinh Province to cope with land erosion, local authorities have mobilized inhabitants to plant casuarinas along beaches and asked relevant authorities for measures to cope with the issue.


Meanwhile, people in Phu Thuan Commune of Thua Thien-Hue Province are still waiting for a resettlement policy to be handed down by provincial authorities.


The Government has assisted Quang Ngai Province withVND10 billion (US$526,000) to build resettlement areas for mountain residents in landslide-prone areas. However, the construction has not been completed on schedule, while the flood season has moved in, placing residents in a dangerous situation.

Source: SGGP

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