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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.

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Cold weather killing cattle

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

Ice, snow overwhelms northern mountaintop

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 9:31 am

The Mau Son mountaintop in the northeastern province of Lang Son saw snow for the second time this year on Friday, as a cold front moved in dropping the temperature to minus degrees Celsius.

The Mau Son mountaintop is covered with ice and snow on January 7 (Photo: SGGP)

The Mau Son mountaintop, which is 1,500 meters above sea level in the Loc Binh District, experienced strong chilly winds with frost.

Vu Xuan Lam, a hotel staff member from the Mau Son tourist site, said that since early Friday morning, the trees in the forest were coated with layers of ice and snow.

A Dao ethic minority woman named Trieu Thi Toan, in Co Lac Village, from the Mau Son Commune, said that it was so cold that all water sources in her home ‘froze over’ and she had to boil ice, in order to get drinking water.

In addition, the Loc Binh District electricity department cut power from the Mau Son Commune, because the icy condition could cause damage to the eclectic power cables.

On Friday, many people went to Mau Son Mountain to see the snow. This is the second time the mountain has experience such a snowfall, the first time was on December 16.

Luu Minh Hai, deputy director of the Lao Cai Province Hydro Meteorological Center, said the temperature on O Quy Ho mountain pass, near Sa Pa town, remained low at only 4.5 degrees Celsius. Lao Cai might experience ice and snow for the next two to three days, he said.

Le Thanh Hai, deputy director of the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center, said that the entire northern and central provinces have been engulfed in extremely cold weather, due to a cold front.

The temperature has plunged down to 1 degree Celsius, in Mu Cang Chai District, Yen Bai northern mountainous province. In other places in the region, the temperature was only 4-7 degrees Celsius.

The coming cold front that is forecast to blanket the northern region on Sunday will result in much colder weather, with more ice and snow on the way.

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

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

Northern provinces to receive Japan aid for primary school project

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:09 am

The Government of Japan has agreed to a grant of US$191, 900 for the construction of primary schools in the northern provinces of Nam Dinh and Quang Ninh.

Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Yasuaki Tanizaki, handed US$ 95,183 and US$ 96,717 to Mr. Nguyen Van Dong, Chairman of People’s Committee of Yen Tho Commune in Nam Dinh province and Mr. Nguyen Van Thanh, Chairman of People’s Committee of Xuan Son Commune in Quang Ninh respectively on December 28, 2010 at the Embassy of Japan in Vietnam.

The Yen Tho Primary School in Nam Dinh Province was built in 1975 but was damaged by floods and is in need of repair. Furthermore, classrooms are too small to accommodate enough students, as a result the school has to borrow space in a nearby secondary school and often students study in two shifts.

Xuan Son Primary School in Quang Ninh province was built in 1964 and is now in a dilapidated condition. It has only three classrooms hence can only facilitate children from grade 1-2. The school has to continually borrow space from the nearby secondary school for their 3-5 grade children and pupils have to learn in two shifts.

The People’s Committee, in an effort to improve the condition of both the schools plans to build a new 2 storey 8 classroom building. The Government of Japan grant that supports this project will help towards the purchase of building materials.
At a ceremony, Ambassador Tanizaki hoped that through this project, funded by the Government of Japan, learning conditions in Xuan Son Commune would improve considerably and that through this project friendship and mutual understanding between Japan and Vietnam would further deepen.

Source: SGGP

Northern weather very cold for Christmas day

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:37 am

A new cold front is set to slam into northern Vietnam on December 24 causing the weather to turn extremely cold, together with rain and drizzle.

People streamed into Ho Chi Minh City’s at night to enjoy the Christmas atmosphere. The city’s weather will be warm until Christmas, but turn cold during the following days (Photo: SGGP)

The National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center said that after affecting the north, the system will move south into central and southern provinces.

It is forecast to rather warm until Christmas night in the southern region. However, after December 25, the cold front will make things much colder.

In Ho Chi Minh City, the temperature might drop to 18-20 degrees Celsius at night.   

Meanwhile, the cold front, covering the country in the last week has receded. As a result, temperatures will gradually increase in the central and northern regions in the next two to three days.

Cold weather will only occur during the early morning and at night, rain and frost will affect road visibility for drivers.

Source: SGGP

Northern mountains get rare ice and snow

In Uncategorized on December 18, 2010 at 9:27 am

Affected by a strong cold front, temperatures in northern mountainous provinces on December 17 have continued to fall. This has cause ice and snow to appear in the areas, said the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Centre.

Tourists take pictures of ice-covered grass on top of Mau Son Mountain, northern Lang Son Province. (Photo:VNA)

The cold spell has been accompanied by thick fog, which has caused traffic delays.

According to Ha Van Tien, director of Lang Son Province’s Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Centre, daytime temperatures are only 7-10 degrees Celsius and ice has appeared on the top of Mau Son Mountain, in Lang Son Province’s Loc Binh District.

The temperature on the 1,541 meter mountain in Mau Son Commune fell to -0.8 degrees Celsius on December 16.

Luu Minh Hai deputy director of Lao Cai Province’s Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Centre, said ice and snow have been reported to be on trees on the Fansipan Mountain. Temperatures on the mountain have fallen to zero degrees Celsius. In addition, temperatures in Sapa in Lao Cai Province fell to a chilly 2.7 degrees.

Temperature in Cao Bang Province is less than 10 degree Celsius, but other areas only 5-8 degrees Celsius.

The provinces authorities have asked that schools are to be close, if the temperature drops below 10 degrees Celsius.

According to the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Centre, the cold front from the north has spread into southern Vietnam and it is forecast that the weather will turn much colder from December 18.

Meanwhile, the cold front has caused medium to heavy rains and it is extremely cold in the northern region, said the weather centre.

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Source: SGGP