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Cold weather remains unabated for next ten days

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:15 am

A bitter cold wave covered northern Vietnam on Sunday, lashing it with rain and cold northeasterly winds. The National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center predicted these conditions would last for a further ten days.


The temperature has dropped to less than 8-9 degrees Celsius in Hanoi and remained below 0 degree Celsius in the mountainous provinces of Lang Son and Cao Bang.


The northern provinces of the central region have also suffered bitter cold winds.


It is expected that the biting cold weather will prevail over northern Vietnam on January 11 and 14 and icy and snowy conditions may cover the Mau Son mountaintop and also other places in the mountainous region.


The entire belt from Da Nang to the southern part of the central region has been affected by this bitter cold wave.


Meanwhile, the Central Highlands and southern regions will continue to experience extreme cold at night and during the early hour of morning. The prevailing temperatures will hover around 18-20 degrees Celsius.

Source: SGGP

Long spells of biting cold trouble flower growers

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:05 am

Hanoi and northern provinces have been suffering biting cold for a week, which is warned to continue, making flower growers “like to be a cat on hot bricks” as the biggest holiday is approaching.

Peach flower growers in Phu Thuong and Nhat Tan wards in Tay Ho precinct, two largest flower suppliers in Hanoi, complained that just over 20 days away from Tet, but weather forecasters have warned of several other spells of biting cold ahead.


If the forecast comes true, peach flowers are in a threat to be unable to blossom at the Lunar New Year festival (Tet).


Peach flower growers are resorting to all means to make their flowers blossom at the right time. They have intensified watering, fertilising and even turned on electric lights the night round to warm up peach roots in an effort to make peach bloom soon.


Peach flower growers said the ideal weather should be the mixture of cold and warm. Peach will yield huge flowers with thick petals and beautiful colour and numerous buds in a weather which has several days of the cold weather after several warm days.


Growers of rose and c hrysanthemum are also struggling against the long spells of chilly cold. They cover their orchards with nets, maintain the necessary humidity level and keep trees warm with electricity light.

Source: SGGP

Flower growers fear cold wave could damage crops

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:03 am

Flower growers in the Mekong Delta are troubled with the unusually cold weather conditions and fear damage to their seasonal flowers and ornamental plants.

A farmer is nurturing an apricot flower plant for Tet in Cho Lach District, Ben Tre Province (Photo: SGGP)42 year old farmer Nguyen Van Tho in Cho Lach District of Ben Tre Province was worried the continuous rain and persistent cold temperatures this year might damage his 1,000 apricot plants. He is resorting to constant spraying and reduction of fertilizers to prevent the plants from blossoming too soon.

Another district resident named Le Thi Lan noticed that her 17,000 pots of daisies were slowly showing signs of frost bite.


In Ba Bo flower village, Binh Thuy District, Can Tho City many farmers are anxious and taking special care of their flower gardens particularly after the recent heavy rains.


Nguyen Van Ben has grown flowers for Tet for 20 years and this year he claims that 20 percent of his 2,000 pots of daisies had already been damaged. On the other hand, the cost of fertilizers, pesticides and labor had also increased which added to their woes.


People in Tan Quy Dong village, Sa Dec District of Dong Thap Province quoted a 30-40 percent rise in expenses on flower and ornamental plant gardening. This has led the village to prepare only three million flower pots this year, one third less than previous years on traditional flowers like daisies and marigold.


Traders had streamed into gardens to buy flowers in previous years but this year has been dull according to flower growers in Long Thoi Commune, Cho Lach District.


Tran Van Nam in the Ba Bo flower village, Binh Thuy District said that because few traders have come to buy flowers this year, the local growers had to hire stalls in Can Tho City to sell their flowers.


A small stall of just four square meters cost VND1.4 million while selling a mere two pots of daisies could be expected to fetch less than VND50, 000. Several of the flower growers expected to see losses this year.


According to Bui Thanh Liem, head of the Cho Lach District Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Ben Tre Province, farmers in the district had prepared four million pots of flowers and ornamental plants for the coming Tet, which was half the amount from previous years. So far only 40 percent of the pots have been sold.

Source: SGGP

Cold weather forces schools to close in northern region

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:02 am

The prolonged cold weather has forced a lot of schools to close, forcing thousands of students to stay at home in northern Vietnam.


Since January 7, Lai Chau Province alone has notified over 15,000 students to stay at home, while Lang Son Province schools have told over 11,000 students not to come to school.


Local authorities have called on residents and parents to help students cope with the cold weather.


In Sa Pa town of Lao Cai Province, parents have donated money in order that schools can purchase heating equipment. Meanwhile, some residents have made wood fires in order to keep children warm in the poorer areas.


The Lai Chau Province Department of Education and Training, has presented 1,500 extra thick clothes to students in districts of Sin Ho, Phong Tho and Tam Duong.


In addition, money donated by the Red River Delta provinces of Thai Binh, Hung Yen and Hai Duong, is helping to make heating mantles for poor students that live in remote lying areas.


Hoang Kim Giao, head of the Livestock Production Department said because of the cold weather, the number of cattle died has increase dramatically, from 900 on Monday to over 2,500. The worst hit provinces include Son La, Ha Giang, Cao Bang and Lao Cai.

 

Buffaloes find shelter from the cold weather, which has killed thousands of cattle in the north (Photo: SGGP)

On Tuesday afternoon, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development sent another urgent dispatch to northern and central provinces asking them to prevent any more cattle related deaths due to the extreme cold weather.


The Ministry also instructed local authorities not to let cattle in the fields and the forest when the temperature drops below 12 degree Celsius. If possible, farmers should stockpile more grass to feed their herbs.

Related article:
Primary schools to shut as temperatures drop

Source: SGGP

Cold front freezes northern region

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:31 am

Temperature in the northern mountainous region will drop to 7-9 degrees Celsius on Sunday. It might even fall to 0 degree, causing ice and snow in places including Sa Pa in Lao Cai Province, Mau Son in Lang Son, Sin Ho in Lai Chau and Moc Chau in Son La.

Ice and snow occur at the top of Mau Son Mountain in the northern province of Lang Son in a recent cold spell. The severe weather conditions are forecast to repeat itself on December 26, as a new cold front moves into northern Vietnam.

According to the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center, the northerly cold front on Saturday began covering some areas in the north. This eventually spread to the entire region, decreasing the common temperature to 12-14 degree Celsius.


After blanketing the north, the cold weather will move to the central area causing medium to heavy rains and strong winds at sea.


The Gulf of Tonkin and the waters off the central coast are set to see strong northeasterly winds at level 7 (50-61 kilometer an hour).


Northern and central parts of the East Sea, including the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands, will see gusts up to level 10 (89-102 kilometers an hour). The sea will be very rough and there is a chance of tornadoes.
 
After crossing the Hai Van mountain pass, the cold front will approach the southern region. In Ho Chi Minh City and southeastern provinces, temperatures will decrease to 18-20 degrees, with the chance of thick fog.


Yesterday afternoon, the Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention met to discuss measures to cope with the cold front.


The committee ordered local authorities from Quang Ninh to Ninh Thuan provinces, to assist any boat that might get trouble, because of the strong northeasterly winds.


In related news, tourists have flocked to the northern mountainous region to see the arrival of snow.


Tang Van Toan, director of the Vietravel Company said the number of visitors coming to Sa Pa for Christmas has increased by over 30 percent over the same period last year.

Source: SGGP

Cold front heading to northern Vietnam

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:30 am

While a cold front has just ‘taped off’ in northern Vietnam, another is set to move in by tomorrow morning, making the region’s weather very wintry.

Frost covers Y Ty Commune, Bat Xat District, Lao Cai Province on December 28. It is the first time the frost occurs in Vietnam this winter

This cold spell will spread rain to several northern and central provinces, the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center has forecasted.


The cold weather will linger on until the beginning of January. Some northern areas will see the mercury fall to only 2-3 degrees Celsius. In the central area, it will be 14-18 degrees.


Additionally, the Gulf of Tonkin and the waters off the central coast will continue to experience rough seas, with strong northeasterly winds from 39-61 kilometers an hour and gusts up to 62-88 kilometers an hour.


From tomorrow onwards, the seas off Binh Dinh to Ca Mau provinces and the southern waters will experience the same weather conditions.


Meanwhile, the southern area is still affected by a low-pressure zone. It was at 3-5 degrees latitude north and 111-112 degrees longitude east on East Sea Tuesday and was moving slowly southeast at five kilometers an hour.

In relation to the cold weather, frost has occurred in Bat Xat District of the northwestern province of Lao Cai yesterday. It was the first frost of the winter this year.


Luu Minh Hai, director of the Lao Cai Province Hydro Meteorological Center said that the frost would slowly fade by Wednesday.

Source: SGGP

Two cold fronts make their ways to Vietnam

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:29 am

A cold front has moved into northern Vietnam while another is likely to follow on January 5 making the northern and central regions extreme cold in several portions in the next six to eight days.


The National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center said that the later cold front will even affect the southern region, making the temperature slide below 21 degree Celsius in Ho Chi Minh City.


Meanwhile, the northern provinces will be benumbed with the mercury plunge to only 0 degree Celsius. Frost is forecast to occur in several areas.


The country waters will continuously experience northeasterly winds at level 6-7 (39-61 kilometers an hour) and gales up to level 8-9 (62-88 kilometers an hour) in the next ten days.


Boat should keep watch of waves up to 3-5 meters.


 
Northern and central Vienam looks very cold in the next 6-8 days with the visit of two incessant cold fronts from the north 

Source: SGGP

Cold wave envelopes entire northern region

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:29 am

The cold wave that hit north Vietnam on Wednesday night has affected nearly the entire region with many parts seeing the mercury fall to 6 degrees Celsius.


By Thursday morning the bitter cold covered most parts of the northern central region as well. Northeasterly winds lashed the gulf of Tonkin intensifying to a speed of 50-60 kilometers per hour and the sea turning extremely rough.
 
Weather forecasts predict the cold wave will spread to many parts of the central region later today and some areas may even experience medium to heavy showers.


The coastline off the northern and central regions is expected to be lashed by winds with speed levels from 75-102 kilometers an hour.


Meanwhile, the southern sea coast is also expected to experience high winds with velocity of 62-88 kilometers an hour. Thunderstorms are expected and boats have been warned to watch out for tornadoes.


The prevalent cold conditions in the mainland and fierce chilly winds on the sea are expected to last for several days.

Source: SGGP

Northern region to suffer several more cold days

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:29 am

The extremely cold weather in the northern provinces will last several more days as another cold front is set to move in by Sunday, according to the national weather bureau.

Hanoi suffers from the cold weather at only 10 degree Celsius on December 6 (Photo: Thanh Nien)

In the next few days, the prevalent temperature will remain low at 8-13 degrees Celsius in Hanoi and the adjacent provinces. In the mountanoius areas, it will only be 5-9 degrees Celsius.


The current cold front, affecting the northern region over the last two days, has spread to the central part of the central region causing medium rain on Friday morning.


Within the day, it will move in the region’s southern part.


Meanwhile, Bui Minh Tang, director of the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center said that one more cold front is predicted to overflow Vietnam on January 12 and 13.


As a result, northern provinces will continue to experience very cold weather until at least January 15 and even encounter some ice and frost.


The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Cao Duc Phat, has sent an urgent dispatch to northern and central provinces, asking them to carry out precautionary measures in order to protect the herds of cattle, from the cold weather.


Nguyen Xuan Duong, deputy head of the Department of Livestock Production of the ministry in, has asked officials from the various provinces to try to prevent cattle from dying due to the cold weather.

Source: SGGP

Cold weather killing cattle

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:02 am

The consecutive cold snaps experienced in the northern region has killed many head of cattle and meteorologists are concerned that the catastrophic cold weather, which occurred in 2008, will also cause havoc this winter.

People in the Sa Pa town, Lao Cai Province, erecting fences in order to protect their cattle from the extreme cold weather (Photo: SGGP)

Bui Van Quang, deputy chairperson of the Pac Nam District, Bac Kan northeastern province, said on Wednesday, 50 cattle were found dead in the district’s communes, which include Nhan Mon, Cao Tan, Cong Bang and An Thang.


At night, the temperature dropped to only 5 degrees Celsius and many areas experienced frost, which caused damage to vegetable crops, he said.


Concerning about the record cold weather of 2008 repeating itself this year, the district People’s Committee has instructed village leaders to tell their residents, to stockpile grass and straw. This will be used as cattle food in case of further bad weather.


Meanwhile, the Bac Kan Province Department of Agriculture and Rural Development have instructed farmers to move their cattle to other districts, such as Ba Be and Thach Thong. This is in order to take shelter from the cold weather.


Authorized organizations in other northern provinces like Lao Cai, Lai Chau, and Son La, where sometimes extremely cold weather develops, have told farmers to take precautionary measures, like providing temporary shelter, in order to protect their cattle.


Tran Van Khan, deputy director of the Cao Bang Province Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that it was difficult to protect the cattle from cold weather in Nguyen Binh, Thong Nong and Bao Lam districts as several farmers there still leave their cattle unattended, without any protection or food sources.


In the winter of 2008, the damage bill was put at over VND400 billion (US$21 million), with 52,000 head of cattle dying, and well as 146,000 hectares of rice and 9,500 hectares of rice seedlings destroyed.


Cold weather to be worst in January, February


According to the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center, the undue cold weather this winter will continue into January and February.


It is predicted that in January only, another four to five cold fronts will affect the northern region, with average temperatures forecast to be only 15 degrees Celsius.


In other regions of the country, the average temperature is likely to be 0.5-1 degree Celsius lower than that in previous years’ same period.

Source: SGGP