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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

An Giang releases rare birds and snakes into forest

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 4:52 am

The Forest Management Department of the Mekong Delta Province of An Giang released 269 rare and valuable birds and more than 70 kilos of snakes into the Tra Su Indigo ecological forest in Tinh Bien District.

The local authorities have seized the animals and rare birds including laughing thrushes, starlings, orioles, magpies, parrots and more in Chau Phu District and Chau Doc Town.

The An Giang Forest Management Department has also cooperated with Long Xuyen City to organize two training courses on harmfulness of the red-eared turtles and methods to destroy them for more than 100 officials of local authorities, famer clubs, and pet shops’ owners.

Source: SGGP

Myanmar votes in rare election marred by fraud fears

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 at 8:51 am

Rare birds appear in Bac Lieu

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Rare birds appear in Bac Lieu

QĐND – Thursday, October 28, 2010, 20:45 (GMT+7)

Flocks of rare birds have appeared in the Bac Lieu Bird Sanctuary in the southern province of Bac Lieu for over a month, according to Mr. Nguyen Trung Chanh, the Sanctuary’s Director.

In addition to the rare birds, the sanctuary, located on an area of around 280 hectares in Nha Mat Ward in Bac Lieu City, is home to other fauna, mainly storks, and amazing flora.  

As one of the most favorite tourist sites in Bac Lieu Province, the sanctuary has attracted 79 species of birds, with many listed in the Red Book of Vietnam.

Source: Dan Tri

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Rare white elephant caught in Myanmar

In Uncategorized on June 29, 2010 at 8:47 am

YANGON, June 29 (AFP) – A rare white elephant, historically considered an omen of political change, has been captured in the west of Myanmar, state media reported Tuesday.

The female pachyderm was captured by officials on Saturday in the coastal town of Maungtaw in Rakhine state, the New Light of Myanmar newspaper said.

A photo illustration of a boy making offerings to an elephant at a Buddhist shrine. (AFP files)

She is aged about 38 and seven feet four inches (more than two metres) tall, the English-language paper said, although it did not mention where she would be kept.

Kings and leaders in Myanmar, a predominantly Buddhist country, have traditionally treasured white elephants, whose rare appearances in the country are believed to herald political change.

Source: SGGP

100 rare pheasants found in central VN national park

In Uncategorized on June 19, 2010 at 4:25 pm

100 rare pheasants found in central VN national park

QĐND – Saturday, June 19, 2010, 20:51 (GMT+7)

A flock of 100 endangered Lophura Diarants pheasants has been discovered in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in the central province of Quang Binh.

The images, shot by an automatic camera triggered off by motion, are the first of the birds seen in the wild in Viet Nam.

The group of researchers, who set up the camera, said they were amazed to see so many pheasants in an area densely populated by humans. “It is a sign that this endangered species is recovering,” they said.

The park management said on Tuesday that the bird was listed as endangered globally. Members of the Fasianidae family, mature birds weigh more than a kilogram.

Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News


Source: QDND

Rare pheasant species discovered in Quang Binh

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 8:40 am

Rare pheasant species discovered in Quang Binh

QĐND – Thursday, June 17, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

Camera traps have revealed a flock of over 100 individuals of Siamese Fireback pheasant (lophura diardi), living in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in the central province of Quang Binh.

The species is listed in both Vietnam’s and the world’s Red Books for endangered species.

The park’s management board on June 15 said that this was the first time camera traps had captured the images of the species in the wild. The result was a surprise to researchers as the area where the pheasants were filmed is frequented by local people.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Over 200 rare aquatic species at high risk of extinction

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 4:33 am

A book just released by the government says that 234 precious marine species are in danger of extinction in Vietnam due to over-fishing, according to material released at a press conference in Hanoi June 14.

Black coral is disappearing from Vietnam waters. (Filed photo)

The book, “Atlas of Precious Aquatic Species at High Risk of Extinction in Vietnam,” was published and released by the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development’s General Directorate of Fisheries on that day.

According to Chu Tien Vinh, vice director of the General Directorate of Fisheries, the country’s aquatic resources have been overexploited recently. Many precious aquatic species are seriously threatened by extinction, mostly due to illegal fishing.

To date, Vietnam has around 130,000 fishing boats used to exploit the country’s waters.

But decreasing the number of fishing boats to protect resources would make life difficult for fishermen and their families, said Vinh, arguing that precious aquatic specious therefore had to be better protected and regenerated

Vinh also mentioned a major sea preservation project aiming to establish 16 sea preservation areas by 2015.

Plans to develop a system of inland water area conservation parks through 2020 call for the building of 45 inland water area conservation parks in 63 provinces and cities nationwide, he added.

 The project aims to protect and develop fishery resources and water ecosystems, Vinh said.

Source: SGGP

Rare Vietnamese herbs on verge of extinction

In Uncategorized on May 31, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Vietnam used to export traditional medicines, from the 1060s-1970s, but it is now entirely dependent on imported materials to manufacture drugs.  Meanwhile, some rare species of herbs have been on the edge of extinction due to brutal exploitation, the topic of discussion at a meeting on May 30 in the southern province of Binh Duong.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan presided over the meeting attended by leaders from the ministries of Health, Agriculture and Rural Development, Science and Technology, Industry and Trade and managers of pharmaceutical joint-stock companies.

Deputy Health Minister Cao Minh Quang said the World Health Organization listed 200 herbal remedies found out in the country in 2009, yet Vietnamese people only used 50% of their herbs, compared to that of 90% in neighboring China.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan(1,R) visits a booth of Vietnam Pharmaceutical Joint-stock Company (Photo: SGGP)

Moreover, only 1% of traditional pharmaceutical companies meet the requirement of the Good Manufacturing Practice, Quang said, adding that it means most of producers are private households, which fail to meet hygiene standards and use imported Chinese materials with unclear indication of origin.

The vast majorities of species harvested directly without planning, are partly responsible for the declining populations of several valuable species. According to currently available data, some medicinal plant species are nationally listed as rare or threatened within the Vietnam Red Book List, said deputy Agriculture and Rural Development minister Bui Ba Bong.

Agreeing with Mr. Bong is Nguyen Tien Hung, director of Vimedimex Pharmaceutical Joint-stock Company, said the company wants to make cheap medicinal drugs but the resources necessary for production are depleted. For instance, a population of pine power gold, a precious medicinal plant, and discovered two years ago in the highlands province of Lam Dong, was destroyed after just one month.  Now, it is difficult to replant since there are no breeding seeds.

Vietnam has been successful making herbal treatments.  For instance, OPC Pharmaceutical Join-stock Company makes Kim Tien Thao-Jinquiancao, proclaimed as an herb that is very effective in the treatment of urinary stone diseases.

Not only useful in making drugs, herbs also bring profits to residents of the northern mountainous provinces of Lang Son, Quang Ninh, Cao Bang and Bac Kan, who earn a living by farming the Illicium Verum plant whose acid shikimic is used to make the drug Tamiflu, used to fight bird flu and the H1N1 virus.

Despite its high economic value, no plans have been adopted to grow the medicinal plant for local use.  Rather, farmers harvested the plant unsupervised and sold to China.

Participants of the meeting proposed to work out a special policy for farmers who plant herbs with good consumption plans and making more drugs from medicinal plants. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan ordered two ministries of Health and Agriculture and Rural Development to search for rare herbs in the country and called on the Ministry of Health to cooperate with the local government grow herbs in a sustainable fashion.

Source: SGGP

Rare illnesses attack people in broiling weather

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Rare illnesses attack people in broiling weather

QĐND – Sunday, May 23, 2010, 20:58 (GMT+7)

Several strange dangerous diseases have attacked people, adding the list of diseases like influenza, dengue fever, diarrhea in the scorching hot weather in the country. 

Nguyen Trung Cap,  a doctor of the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases in Hanoi, said there had three pregnant women suffered from a rare pneumonia.

The pregnant patients from the northern locals of Hanoi, Hai Duong and Hai Phong have been taken to the hospital in serious conditions, breathing failure, damaged lung and low blood pressure. They must use breathing machines. Doctors couldn’t find out the cause despite conducting many tests.

Doctors have quarantined three patients and provided intensive treatment. Their efforts have been rewarded when three patients have been in stable condition.

Moreover, 22 year old Nguyen Thi My Linh who had 34 week pregnant gave birth of a baby weighing 1.7kg. The baby is being raised in a neonatal intensive care unit at the National Children Hospital.

Meantime, hospitals in Hanoi have received a large quantity of patients suffering viral fever. In some cases all family members have the illness.

Around 2,000 toddlers see doctors at the National Children Hospital daily, an increase of 700 from the number on previous days. Hospitals Saint Paul, Bach Mai, Army no.103 have also seen a soar of patients recently.

Nguyen Hong Ha, deputy head of the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases said the hospital had seen admission of some patients who had contracted the streptococcus, commonly found in pigs, due to having eaten undercooked pork products made from diseased swine.  So far 22 cases have been rushed to the hospital.

Medical experts warned the increase of rare diseases due to sweltering weather and polluted environment. Parents should take children to medical facilities as flu H5N1, H1N1, dengue fever and meningitis have the same symptoms

Source: VietnamNet/Sai Gon Giai Phong


Source: QDND