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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

Icy rains force 58,000 to evacuate in southern China

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:15 am

 Torrential icy rain across five provinces in southern China has forced 58,000 people to evacuate from their damaged homes, causing economic losses of $203.8 million, the ministry of civil affairs said on Wednesday.

Freezing rain has pummeled the provinces of Jiangxi, Hunan, Chongqing, Sichuan and Guizhou in the past few days, killing one person and causing more than 1,200 houses to collapse, the ministry added.

The harsh weather in southern China, where winter is usually relatively mild, has damaged 142,400 hectares of crops in the provinces that produce rice, timber and coal and caused economic losses of 1.35 billion yuan ($203.8 million) as of Tuesday, the ministry added.

In southwestern Guizhou province, 22,800 people were forced to evacuate from their homes on Tuesday, state news agency Xinhua reported.

The icy weather and sleet have paralyzed traffic and strained power networks in some areas ahead of the vast migrations of people for the Lunar New Year holiday next month.

Highways in Guizhou have been clogged in the past few days, leaving thousands stranded in their cars as almost all expressways in the province were closed, said the Guizhou Provincial Department of Transport.

On Tuesday, traffic slowly returned to normal in Guizhou as all ice-covered highways reopened after being closed for over 30 hours. Guizhou’s provincial weather forecaster warned that it could take five more days for the cold and rainy weather to subside.

In early 2008, freezing weather across southern China caused power cuts and transport chaos, preventing many residents from spending the Lunar New Year with their families. The disruption rippled across the region, causing a brief spike in food prices.

Source: SGGP