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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

Highest tides in 23 years damage crops, aquaculture ponds

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 6:21 am

Highest tides in 23 years damage crops, aquaculture ponds

QĐND – Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 20:52 (GMT+7)

The highest tides in 23 years have damaged crops and aquaculture ponds on the southernmost Ca Mau peninsula.

Ca Mau province’s Hydro-meteorological Forecasting Centre director Tran Tien Dung said high tides and heavy rain had swollen waters in coastal Nam Can district to 1.54 metres and 86 cm in Ca Mau city.

The province’s Agriculture and Rural Development Department reports that sea water surged over dykes in the Dam Doi, Nam Can, Ngoc Hien, Phu Tan districts destroying more than 3,000 ha of shrimp and fish ponds.

About 5,000 ha of rice paddy and plantation was also flooded in the Thoi Binh, U Minh and Tran Van Thoi districts.

High tides from October to the middle of this month have damaged more than 15,800 ha and caused damage estimated at 4.1 billion VND (210,000 USD), reports provincial Irrigation Department director Nguyen Long Hoai.

Three days of high tides and heavy rain has also damaged 53,000 ha of farm land in neighbouring Bac Lieu province.

The province could lose 13,000 ha if the high tides continue, warns the provincial agriculture department.

The high tides, which are expected to continue until this weekend, submerged most of Nga Nam in Soc Trang province.

The 1.6-million-ha Ca Mau peninsular, on the southern tip of Vietnam , includes Can Tho city and Hau Giang, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu and Ca Mau provinces as well as part of Kien Giang.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Typhoon Conson causes major damage in Philippines

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 1:02 pm

MANILA, July 14, 2010 (AFP) – Typhoon Conson ripped through the main Philippine island, leaving a trail of wreckage in Manila and sweeping shanties into the sea, officials and witnesses said Wednesday.

The official civil defence office said 19 fishermen from the eastern island of Catanduanes had failed to return home and were missing at sea after the typhoon hit the area late Tuesday.

Parents pick up their children wearing protective rain gear after elementary school classes in the Philippine capital Manila are called off due to Typhoon Conson, on July 13, 2010. AFP

There were no immediate reports of fatalities but communication systems were down amid the chaos of the typhoon’s aftermath, and disaster relief officials were still trying to determine the extent of the damage.

Electricity was knocked out throughout the main island of Luzon, including the country’s capital where fallen tree branches and other debris littered the streets.

Manila’s overhead railway system was also shut down due to the power outage. Knee-high floods and fallen trees were still blocking some roads in and around the capital, obstructing traffic.

Shanty towns erected by squatters on the coastal areas near Manila were swept away, leaving the shocked, drenched residents to scavenge scrap wood to build makeshift shelters, according to an AFP reporter there.

The government called off classes at grade and high school levels in Manila.

Several flights in and out of Manila were cancelled as Conson was passing but airport officials said their operations had returned to normal after the storm passed.

Conson, packing maximum gusts of 120 kilometres (74 miles) an hour, hit the eastern side of Luzon late Tuesday and crossed the island before exiting before dawn Wednesday, heading west into the South China Sea at 22 kilometres an hour.

Source: SGGP

Historical sites at risk for damage, transgression

In Uncategorized on July 5, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Many of Ho Chi Minh City’s historical sites have been severely damaged and denigrated, experts said at seminars on “searching and preserving value of historical sites,” and “planning, preserving and promoting value of historical sites in HCMC within 2010 and 2010,” held by the municipal Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism.

Phung Son (or Chu Go) Pagoda on 3/2 Street has been transgressed by pavement cafes.  (Photo: Sggp)

Surveys have shown that historical sites including Phung Son and Giac Vien pagodas in District 11, Hung Loi pottery-kiln in District 8 and others are being used, controlled, transgressed and otherwise misused. People have occupied the land illegally for living, trading or storing.

The city now has 73 artful edifices, whose architecture dates back hundreds of years, which have been damaged due to time and weather.

It is not easy to restore ancient constructions. Apart from the need for major capital, experts have to focus on the risk of losing their specific historical and cultural traits.

Streets built in 1872 have been broken down for the construction of buildings and trade centers. Hai Thuong Lan Ong in District 5 is now the only remaining ancient street in Ho Chi Minh City.

The municipal government and functional departments should plan the city in accordance with the Cultural Heritage Law to preserve ancient artful architecture, said scientists.

Source: SGGP

Lai Chau suffers severe damage from hail, wind storm

In Uncategorized on April 17, 2010 at 9:35 am

A woman walks past a razed house in northern Lai Chau Province after a hail storm and high winds struck the area on April 16 (Photo: SGGP)

A hail storm and high winds wreaked havoc in the northern province of Lai Chau on April 15 and 16, razing homes and destroying property and crops over a wide area.

The province, which has been experiencing drought conditions for the last several weeks, was hit suddenly in the morning with rain, thunder, hail and whirlwinds, lasting around 30 minutes.

Around 300 rooftops were blown off the homes of Dao and Mong ethnic minority people in the district of Phong Tho and according to some locals, the wind and hailstones were the strongest the community had seen in at least 50 years.

The hail alone caused hundreds of millions of dong in damages to hectares of rice and vegetable crops in the area, while some cattle and water-fowl also died.

The storm also blew off the rooftops and destroyed parts of the Lan Nhi Thang junior high school, also in Phong Tho District.

Vu Xuan Tinh, deputy head of the province’s Irrigation and Storm Prevention Department, said that officials in storm-hit localities would provide support to affected families.

Source: SGGP

Vedan responsible for just 65 percent of river damage: company rep

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 5:31 am

The amount of pollution that Vedan (Vietnam) Enterprise Corp. Ltd. contributed to the Thi Vai River in the southern province of Dong Nai accounted for just 65 percent of the total damage to the area, a company representative said March 16.

A section of the polluted Thi Vai River in Dong Nai Province. MSG maker Vedan Vietnam has continually denied responsibility for causing all of the pollution. (Photo: SGGP)

Vedan’s researchers had analyzed data and come up with the figure, the representative said.

Meanwhile, the Institute of Environment and Resources under Vietnam National University-HCMC reported that the Taiwanese-invested company more likely caused around 90 percent of the pollution, which stretched 10 kilometers along the Thi Vai River Valley.

The institute also said that several other areas have been negatively impacted by the water pollution including HCMC, Dong Nai and Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces.

After having its percentage-of-damage figure refuted by the institute, Vedan proposed to take the mean of the institute’s projected figure and its own, to come up with a new figure of 77 percent.

This number would then be used to determine the amount of compensation owed by Vedan to residents affected by the pollution.

However, the institute has refused to accept the proposal.

Nguyen Van Phuoc, head of the institute, said that the figure announced by Vedan was unsubstantiated.

The institute has now transferred the issue to the Vietnam Environment Administration to make a final decision.

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Blaze at Hanoi warehouse causes billions of dong in damage

In Vietnam Society on December 21, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Fire tore through a 10,000-square-meter warehouse in Hanoi on December 19, causing billions of dong worth of damage.

A warehouse caught fire in Hanoi on December 19 destroying hundreds of goods.(Photo:Tuoi Tre)

The 10-hour blaze broke out at 1am in the warehouse at 20/165 Cau Giay street, where goods from several companies were being stored for the Tet holiday.

No injuries were reported, though hundreds of products including confectionaries, tea, milk, and tobacco were destroyed.

Twenty fire trucks arrived on the scene but the blaze was not brought under control until around 10am the next morning.

According to officials, the fire started at a hotel’s warehouse next door and quickly spread.

According to some reports, the blaze may have been caused by an electrical problem.

Nearby houses were reportedly unaffected by the incident.
Police have launched an investigation into the case.

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Ligament damage sidelines Arsenal star Van Persie

In Vietnam Sports on November 16, 2009 at 9:14 am

LONDON, Nov 15, 2009 (AFP) – Arsenal’s Premier League title hopes suffered a setback on Sunday after star striker Robin van Persie damaged ankle ligaments during the Netherlands’ 0-0 friendly draw with Italy.

Robin van Persie is treated by medics just before leaving the pitch after a tackle during their FIFA World Cup 2010 friendly football match against Italy on November 14, 2009 at Adriatico stadium in Pescara. AFP PHOTO

The 26-year-old was stretched off the pitch after being tackled by Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini 14 minutes into Saturday’s game at Pescara and now faces a spell on the sidelines.

He told Dutch TV station NOS that he could miss around six weeks of action.

“Van Persie has a partially ruptured ligament,” a Dutch Football Association (KNVB) official told the BBC on Sunday.

“It’s a serious injury. It’s impossible to put an exact time-frame on it because some players heal more quickly than others. It’s not a short-term injury.”

Earlier, Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk said he believed the player had torn ligaments.

“It’s a hard blow for him because he was in the form of his life,” said van Marwijk.

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Central regions repair damage after floods

In Vietnam Society on September 11, 2009 at 7:34 am

Swollen rivers in the Central region and Central Highlands have fallen to warning Level 1, with local residents beginning to repair the damage caused by the floods, the Flood and Storm Prevention Center for the two regions said September 10.

Soldiers in the city of Da Nang help people to clear a damaged road (Photo: SGGP)

Farmers have harvested flooded areas of the summer-fall rice crop with assistance from youths and soldiers.

According to one unverified report, by September 10, people from Quang Binh to Quang Ngai provinces had already harvested over 5,000 hectares of rice.

Local areas have also begun to repair damaged roads and bridges and clean up the living environment to prevent outbreaks of water-born diseases.

The same day, Quang Tri Province’s People’s Committee approved the building of a 14 kilometer road through Hai Lang District to avoid floods and help rescue people in low-lying communes, as well as serving the building of My Thuy sea port in future.

The road, paid for by Government bonds, also aims to develop the economy and ensure national security for the coastal region in the province.

Source: SGGP