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Ba Vi day trip offers respite from scorching city summer

In Uncategorized on July 25, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Ba Vi day trip offers respite from scorching city summer

QĐND – Sunday, July 25, 2010, 21:7 (GMT+7)

When a small group of my friends decided to head out of the city one summer day to try to escape the scorching heat, we didn’t have a destination, just an idea. So I suggested we go to Suoi Hai Lake, just 70km northwest of Ha Noi.

After an easy one-hour road trip, the loud noise and heat of city life seemed to have subsided.

Suoi Hai Lake, at the foot of Ba Vi Mountain, is a reservoir that was built in December 1958. It has a 4km-long system of main and supporting dams to reserve water from the Yen Cu and Cau Rong springs, giving the lake its name of Suoi Hai (Two Springs). The water from the lake irrigates 7,000ha of farmland.

When we arrived at the lake, we decided to take a motorbike tour around it. The road was smooth and surrounded by eucalyptus forests. We were refreshed by the cool breezes and, along the way, saw many people fishing on the bank.

There are a number of islands in the lake, and we even saw a boat full of tourists on the lake. After asking around, we came to the Suoi Hai Service Centre, which we had previously passed on our way. A woman in the centre told us that there were boats available around-the-clock to take tourists to the islands or cruise around the lake. The fares are reasonable. To get to the largest island, it only cost each of us VND30,000 (US$1.5), while hiring a private boat to go around the 90ha reservoir costs VND300,000 ($15), and you can stop at any island of your choice.

The four of us decided to get a boat and take a tour around the lake. We were not disappointed by the decision. As we glided on the water, stunning scenes opened up before our eyes. The islands, the clear water, the trees and the meadows of grazing cattle had the look of a fairy wonderland. Wild birds, such as teals, coots and cranes, swam around the boat, imparting an even more romantic air to the scene.

“Each season brings with it a different colour to the lake, but it is beautiful all year round,” said boat captain Vo Van Tan, as we set foot on an island. We were welcomed by the sweet smell of litchi and green grass. Local farmers have planted fruit trees on every island and tourists are allowed to pick and enjoy the fruits.

“The lake is a perfect weekend spot to spend time with your family,” said Nguyen Thi Loan, owner of a coffee shop on the island. “We mostly get visits from groups of students who came here for one-day picnics”.

Besides hiring a boat, you can rent a canoe at a very affordable VND15,000 per hour ($0.75) and row yourself around the lake. You can also go horseback riding around the lake or into the eucalyptus forests, or take a dip in the cool water of the lake.

If you want to stay for more than a day, accommodation is available at VND60,000 ($3) to VND120,000 ($6) per night. You can choose rooms at a conventional guesthouse or stay in one of the stilt-houses.

Last year, a $200 million resort was planned at the lake by PetroVietnam Premier Recreation, but environmental activists and local residents raised concerns with the plan, which was revised and is now in its first stage of construction.

“The first phase will be completed in 2012,” said the deputy head of Ba Vi’s culture department, Nguyen Viet Giao. It will change the face of Suoi Hai Lake, as most of the 14 islands will be taken over by resorts, golf courses, hotels and restaurants.

“The current plan has received agreeable nods from residents,” said Giao. “In two years, tourism will give Ba Vi’s economy a considerable boost, and people’s living standards will therefore be improved.”

In other words, in just two more years, weekends at Suoi Hai Lake won’t be the same. Come now and enjoy the serenity while it lasts.

Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News


Source: QDND

Central provinces fight scorching weather

In Uncategorized on June 28, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Central provinces fight scorching weather

QĐND – Monday, June 28, 2010, 22:7 (GMT+7)

Vast rice fields in the central region are suffering from serious drought and the losses are estimated to reach 2.5 trillion VND.

In Nghe An province, farmers cannot grow rice on more than 26,000 ha due to the shortage of water.

The scorching heat has dried out many major reservoirs in Nghe An, some losing as much as 60-70 percent of their water.

Local people in mountainous areas of the province have also grappled with a severe shortage of water for daily use.

Similar to Nghe An province, Ha Tinh province has also reported that 14,000 ha of paddy fields are affected.

Ha Tinh predicts that its rice paddies will be devastated if rain does not come in July.

The province plans to grow rice on 41,000 ha and subsidiary crops on another 17,000 ha, however, it fears that the lack of water will restrict this.

At least 120,000 people in Huong Khe and Huong Son districts are struggling with insufficient water supplies and tankers have been deployed to transport water from Ke Go reservoir to them.

The Central Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Centre predicts that the drought could be worse in July as it has seen no sign of upcoming torrential rain.

If rain does not come very soon, the amount of agricultural land affected by the drought in the central region has risen to 71,000 ha of summer-autumn rice crop out of 240,000 ha, according to the Irrigation Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

One June 25, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development met with these central provinces to look at ways of addressing the situation, saying that the Government will provide assistance to help these localities deal with the drought.

Source: VNA/ Photo: Vnexpress

Source: QDND

Scorching heat kills fish, vegetables in central Vietnam

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Hundreds of fish breeders along the edges of Tam Giang Lagoon have been watching their fish die off en masse due to heat and pollution in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue over the last few weeks.

A farmer in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue examines a dead fish found in his Quang Dien District pond.

At Dang Phuoc Chut’s five fish ponds in Quang Phuoc Commune of Quang Dien District, groups of dead fish floating at the surface of the water are now emitting a foul smell.

Chut said the deaths had cost him over VND70 million (US$3,684).

Fish breeding is the main livelihood of hundreds of the commune’s households. Many fish bred in about 100 out of 170 local fish ponds have died, leaving farmers to accumulate debt upon debt.

The worst damages occurred in Mai Duong, Phuoc Lam and Phuoc Ly hamlets.

The hot and muggy weather has also coupled with diseases to kill a slew of shrimp bred in the province. As of now, shrimps bred on nearly 2,000 hectares of farms have died to ineffectual breeding methods.

In addition, several vegetable crop fields have yellowed and withered in the heat, putting over 1,200 Quang Dien District households in financial straits.

The district provides the market an average of 2,000 tons of fresh vegetables annually.

Farmer Nguyen Chinh said farmers have been forced to water their vegetables fields at 3am, when the electricity is not cut off, in the desperate hope of saving their crops.

Source: SGGP

Scorching weather sets to cover country

In Uncategorized on May 13, 2010 at 8:52 am

The cold front that overflowed Vietnam’s northern and central regions has ended and the hot low-pressure system coming in from the west should begin moving into those areas by Thursday. Meanwhile, the southern region continues to suffer through an extreme heat wave.

The northern and central regions’ weather would be boiling against as the cold front from the north has gone away

The National Hydro Meteorological Forecast Center said that the country would continue experiencing hot and muggy weather across vast areas over the next few days.

The northwestern region and mountainous areas in the northern central provinces of Thanh Hoa and Nghe An should see severely hot and arid conditions, with temperatures soaring above 37 Celsius degrees, possibly to 40 degrees at some places.

Meanwhile, southern and Central Highlands regions continue to endure the severe heat wave that has plagued these areas for several days already.

Young people are especially vulnerable to heat-related illnesses caused by the sweltering weather experienced in the southern regions recently.

This past week in the Mekong Delta City of Can Tho, Children Hospital’s health check department has been receiving from 1,200 to 1,500 children per day with respiratory illnesses, pneumonia, diarrhea, and petechial fever a day.

The resident-treatment ward normally accommodates 400-600 children and has only 250 sickbeds, forcing two to four children to share the same bed.

The hospital director Dr. Le Hoang Son said that many parents do not understand the difference between less serious respiratory illnesses and pneumonia, thus, they wait too long before taking their children to the hospital, which can lead to unfortunate consequences including fatality.

Source: SGGP

Rains cool off scorching northern and central regions

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2010 at 12:49 pm

A cold front from the north overwhelmed Vietnam’s northern region, which was at the peak of a severe heat wave which began on May 6, causing whirlwinds and heavy rains last Monday morning.

Strong winds blew the roof off this home in the Lao Cai Province, May 10 (Photo: SGGP)

The National Hydro Meteorological Forecast Center said that the heavy rains flooded streets in Hanoi and Hai Phong cities as well as areas of the Nam Dinh Province.

In the Lao Cai Province, the heavy rains and strong winds, 89-117 kilometers an hour, ruined 1,300 houses and schools.  It is estimated that the province suffered a total loss of VND5 billion (US$263,000) with Lao Cai town and Bat Xat District suffering the worst damage.

In Cao Bang Province, the torrential winds damaged hundreds of houses, in many cases, blowing off entire rooftops.

However, the rains also supplied a considerable amount of water for reservoirs of Hoa Binh, Thac Ba and Tuyen Quang hydropower plants.

The central region, after a week suffering severe hot and arid weather, provinces from Quang Binh to Quang Ngai received welcomed showers on Monday afternoon.

In Quang Binh Province, a three-hour shower reduced the temperatures from 40 Celsius degrees to 35 degrees.

Local residents were very happy as the rains watered crops which had dried up in Bo River’s low section area.

In addition, the rains softened the salt penetration on the region’s large rivers and provided irrigation water for cultivation of 50,000 hectares of summer-autumn rice crops.

Meanwhile, in Quang Nam Province experienced tumultuous winds that severely damaged property within the mountainous district of Nong Son.

Le Duc Thinh, deputy chairman of Que Lam Commune said that the whirlwinds left hundreds of houses and schools without roofs.

Only over the past 20 days, three tornados and whirlwinds have swept through Nong Son District, causing a total loss of VND10 billion (US$526,000).

The national weather bureau said that by May 11, the rains would reduce in the north.

Meanwhile, the cold front is expected move southward into the Central and Central Highlands areas, which might bring heavy rainfall to those regions.

In HCMC, the scorching heat continued through May 10, causing many children to suffer from heat-related illnesses.

Source: SGGP

Scorching weather engulfing north, central areas

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 6:29 am

A compressed low-pressure ridge combined with southwestern winds has led to extremely hot, dry weather in Vietnam’s northern and central regions, the National Hydro Meteorological Forecast Center said March 2.

Persistent hot, dry weather has beset Vietnam over the past several days and is forecast to continue throughout the week (File photo: Dat Viet Newspaper)
Temperatures on Tuesday reached 34-36 degrees Celsius in the two regions, and 37-38 degrees Celsius in some areas of Nghe An Province.

In the south, the hot weather has been most pronounced in southeastern areas with temperatures lingering around 35-36 degrees.

In the next few days, Ho Chi Minh City will likely see temperatures hitting around 37 degrees at noon.

The national weather center also said that over the next few days, the country will continue to be hot and muggy with temperatures forecast to rise by 1-2 degrees Celsius.

The sweltering weather looks to peak around March 5 and 6.

After March 7, the hot low-pressure zone should cool due to a cold front from the north. Temperatures in the northern region could then fall by up to 10 degrees, though central and southern regions will likely remain hot.

Residents should prepare to cope with the continued hot conditions, the weather center said.

Source: SGGP Bookmark & Share


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