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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 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 front lashes central region

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2010 at 8:26 am

Affected by the northerly cold front, central provinces in the central region suffered heavy rains and fierce winds up to 89-102 kilometers an hour on Thursday. Several boats were reported drifting at sea.

Hanoi weather is very cold on December 16 (Photo: Tuoi Tre)

At 9am, the same day, rescue forces in Da Nang City, received emergency calls from two fishing boats, which had over 20 men on board.

The boats from Quang Ngai Province went adrift to the dangerous waters off the city’s Son Tra District because of big waves and violent winds.

The Da Nang Maritime Rescue Cooperation Center Zone II immediately dispatched a rescue boat to guide the boats to safety.

In Quang Nam Province, the seas in Cu Lao Cham Island were strongly rough with gusts up to level 11 (103-117 kilometers an hour). Three boats drifted dangerously in the waters. However, local fishermen soon towed them to safety.

In Da Nang City, several people travelling on the Song Han, Tuyen Son and Nguyen Van Troi bridges had been affected by the strong winds.

In the meantime, torrential rains and tornado uprooted trees causing one to fall on a parked car in Phung Hung Street, Hue City.

The heavy rains have also damaged hundreds of hectares of flowers along the Huong and Bo rivers. These were to be on sale for the coming Tet holiday. 

Over the last few days, the northern region has suffered extreme cold, with Lang Son Province being one of worst hit places.

At 4am on Thursday, the top of Mau Son Mountain, which is in the Loc Binh District, began seeing ice and snow, as the temperature dropped to -0.8 degree Celsius.

Northeasterly winds peaked to level seven (50-61 kilometers an hour) in the mountain.

Related articles:
Central region to experience downpour, colder weather
Southern region to turn cold

Source: SGGP

Tropical depression to cause rains in southern region

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 10:11 am

The tropical low-pressure system is likely to cause rains in southern central and southeastern regions, especially in Ninh Thuan, Binh Thuan and Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces.

Construction of the dyke on the Red River’s right bank, is halted due to unusual flooding (Photo: VNA)

From Tuesday onwards, the depression will move westward at 5-10 kilometers an hour, crossing Phu Quy Island in the Binh Thuan Province to affect the mainland, said the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center.

On Monday, the system was centered about 200-220 kilometers east of Khanh Hoa to Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces.

The Central Flood and Storm Prevention and Control Center and the National Committee for Search and Rescue, have instructed local authorities to secure all boats and it need be guide them away from the dangerous seas. The main area of concern is 7-14 degrees latitude north and 113 degrees longitude east.

Provincial authorities should report any changes about the weather conditions to the central organizations, thereby preparing them for any sea rescue that might occur.

Meanwhile, in the northern region, a cold front has triggered showers in provinces of Lao Cai, Yen Bai and Phu Tho.

The national weather bureau said that the rains have combined with the floodwaters flowing down from the upper reaches, causing unusual flooding in the depleted Red River.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said, the recent heavy rains and the floodwaters, have brought abundant irrigation water for the northern provinces. Until recently this area has experienced a severe drought.

The national weather bureau has forecasted the floodwaters will continue to rise and will peak on the Red River on Tuesday.

Additionally, weather in the north will turn extreme cold, with strong northeasterly winds. Temperature in the famous tourist destination Sa Pa will drop to 4-5 degrees Celsius and at the top of the Hoang Lien Son range, it will only be -1 degree Celsius.

Source: SGGP

Central region to experience downpour, colder weather

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 10:11 am

The central region is about to see medium to heavy or even torrential rains, as the  forecast for the weather is to turn much colder on Wednesday, the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center has said.

Central region will suffer heavy rains and cold weather on Wednesday

This has been caused by a cold front, which is moving south and northeasterly winds. The weather system has affected the northern region and is spreading to the central area.

The national weather bureau said that an extreme cold spell have caused wide spread showers in the northern region on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, after making landfall off the waters near Binh Thuan to Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces, the tropical depression has weakened into a low-pressure system.

It is moving westward into the mainland and has caused rains on vast area for the southern central and southeastern regions.

Source: SGGP

Southern region to turn cold

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 10:10 am

The Southern Regional Hydro Meteorological Center has said, the cold front from the north has spread into southern Vietnam and it is forecast that the weather will turn cold on December 17 and 18.

Ho Chi Minh City weather in the next few days will be cold due to a coming cold front from the north (Photo: Thanh Nien)

The mercury will drop to 18-20 Celsius degrees in Ho Chi Minh City and adjacent provinces of Dong Nai and Binh Phuoc.

Meanwhile, the cold front has caused medium to heavy rains and it is very cold in the northern region, according to the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center.

On Thursday morning, the northeasterly winds peaked categories 8-9, 62-88 kilometers an hour, in the Gulf of Tonkin. The seas were very rough.

Affected by the cold front, several places in central areas have also experienced medium to torrential rains. Northern mountainous provinces have suffered extreme cold and frost.

It will continue to affect coastal areas from Da Nang City to Binh Thuan Province, and then cover some portions in the Central Highlands and the southern regions.

Source: SGGP

Diseases break out in southern region

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:59 am

The number of children and the elderly infected with respiratory diseases, dengue fever and cholera has soared in Ho Chi Minh City and southern provinces.

For a short period, there was a lull in these diseases, however, lately; they have come back in force.

Eating food from street vendors might be one of reasons why people develop diarrhea (Photo: SGGP)

At the HCMC Children Hospital No.1, the respiratory department has been overwhelmed with 200-230 children a day. There are only 100 sick beds in the hospital, and several children have been treated for pneumonia, bronchitis and asthma.

In addition, the number of children hospitalsed is also on the rise, and most of them come from the Mekong Delta.

Similarly, in the HCMC Children Hospital No.2, respiratory and digestion departments are overcrowded with sick children. The hospital has treated at least 3,000 children a day, several of them suffering from respiratory and digestion diseases.

A doctor said that on average, he treats about 60 to 70 children a day, but now it is over 100 children a day. 

The Pasteur Institute in the city said that since the beginning of the year, the southern region has been infected with over 64,800 patients suffering from dengue fever, with 65 people dying from this disease.

The dengue fever spread to 16 of 20 provinces and cities in the region. Furthermore, An Giang, Ben Tre, Binh Duong and Dong Thap provinces have seen an increase in the number of patient dying from the disease.

Every week in HCMC over 500 people are hospitalized due to dengue fever and that is an increase of 50 percent over the same period last year.

In addition, recently a child has died and two others hospitalized for cholera in the Binh Chanh District of HCMC.

Nguyen Dac Tho, deputy director of HCMC Preventive Medicine Center, said “that the polluted environment around accommodation areas have triggered the disease”.

To cope with the outbreak, the HCMC Department of Health has ordered relevant organizations to implement stricter health measures to prevent any more disease from spreading, especially cholera.

The department has also instructed the district authorities to warned residents about the dangers of poor food hygiene, particularly using water from contaminated sources, thereby contributing to water-born diseases.

Source: SGGP

Tourism Year 2011 to to boost tourism in south central region

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:51 am

The National Tourism Year 2011 program will focus on boosting the tourist industry and to encourage more protection of our beautiful beaches in the south central region, said a tourist official on Sunday.

The organizing board met in Tuy Hoa City, central province of Phu Yen and this was to introduce more than 30 cultural, sport and tourism events, which are scheduled to take place in the south-central coastal region next year.

Logo of the National Tourism Year 2011

The South-central coastal region includes Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan provinces and Da Nang City,
The press conference was attended by representatives from cities and provinces from all over the south-central coastal region and more than 30 press agencies.

Under the theme of “Visit Vietnam Year – Phu Yen 2011: Exotic Beach and Island”, major events of the National Tourism Year 2011 will include the international mountaineering tournament at Da Bia mount, the Vietnam-South Korea cultural exchange, the sea and island month and the ASEAN traditional music festival.

The opening ceremony of the National Tourism Year is scheduled to take place in Tuy Hoa City on April 1, 2011 to mark the 400th anniversary of the province’s establishment.

In preparation for the National Tourism Year 2011, Phu Yen Province has organized a series of cultural, sport and tourism events, aimed to popularize the National Tourism Year 2011 and to introduce the province’s exotic land to as many people as possible.

The province has built tourism facilities and has upgraded many projects and various infrastructures. With capital investment of over VND230 billion (US$11.5 million), the province’s tourism sector has launched training courses for tourism staff to improve the quality of tourist products and services.

As schedule, from December 3-10, a tourism research team has been studying famous tourist spots from Khanh Hoa Province to Da Nang Province.

Since the beginning of this year, the southern central coastal province of Phu Yen has welcomed more than 312,500 visitors, including 12,000 international tourists, an increase of 20% as compared to the same period last year.

According to the province’s Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, due to the increased number of tourists, the provincial tourism sector has earned 249.5 billion VND, an increase of 1.7 times compared to last year’s figure, and 50% of local hotel rooms were now occupied.

Source: SGGP