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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

Promoting and preserving Southern amateur music

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:35 am

Professor Tran Van Khe, the great master of traditional Vietnamese music, gave a lecture on don ca tai tu Nam bo (Southern amateur music) at his home in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City.

Musician Vinh Bao (L) and Professor Tran Van Khe.

Don ca tai tu Nam bo is a long standing cultural tradition in the Mekong Delta region since the end of the 19th century.

The professor explained how this music is usually performed in festivals, ceremonious worships, parties, weddings and also funerals. It is traditionally played by southerners in the evening after a long working day.

Amateur musicians and singers who wish to train further and improve their skills in playing this folk music usually gather at a member’s house to play and exchange notes.

Southern amateur music cannot be found on modern day stage or in cultural and tourist festivals. This musical art form, a genre of the old chamber of music, is usually performed on ‘plank beds’ in living rooms in southern traditional homes.

The instruments used are the dan co or dan nhi, a two stringed fiddle; dan tranh or dan thap luc, a 16 string zither; dan kim or dan nguyet (also called the moon guitar) and the doc huyen cam (monochord). In present times the monochord has been replaced with a guitar.

According to Mr.Vinh Bao, another master of this traditional Vietnamese music, a special feature of Don ca tai tu is to bring together people who want to share the same emotions and to reach out to the sensibilities of the audience.

However, both the masters lamented that this art form had fallen into the realm of cultural oblivion and felt the need to restore and preserve this valuable cultural heritage.

The Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism has asked the National Music Institute and departments of Culture, Sport and Tourism in the South to build a file on southern music for submission to UNESCO  for recognition as an intangible part of the Vietnamese cultural heritage.

Source: SGGP

Tropical depression affects southern waters

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

A tropical low pressure zone is now centered 240 kilometers east off Khanh Hoa – Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces’ coast, 9.7-10.7 degrees latitude north and 110.1-111.1 degrees longitude east on Monday.

The position of the tropical depression off Vietnam’s southern coast on December 13 (Photo: national weather bureau)

According to the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center, the winds near the system’s eye have peaked to Category 6 (39-49 kilometers an hour).

In the next 24 hours, the tropical depression will move westward at a speed of 5-10 kilometers an hour, the center stated.

Consequently, the system will move closer to the southern coast. That is, 110 kilometer east off Ninh Thuan to Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces.

Because of this tropical depression, the waters off Binh Dinh to Ca Mau will become rough, as strong winds affect costal areas.

Meanwhile, a cold front will move south and will affect northern Vietnam by tomorrow morning.

The cold front will cause scattered rains to develop in the north and medium to heavy rain in the central region. The sea will be rough. In conclusion, it will be very cold in the northern mountain areas.

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

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

70th anniversary of Southern Uprising marked

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 6:19 am

70th anniversary of Southern Uprising marked

QĐND – Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 20:54 (GMT+7)

A solemn ceremony was organised in Xuan Thoi Thuong commune in Ho Chi Minh City’s outlying district of Hoc Mon on Nov. 22 to commemorate 70 years of the Southern Uprising.

State President Nguyen Minh Triet joined other senior Party and government officials, local authorities from 13 southern cities and provinces and almost 4,000 heroic mothers, war veterans and people from all walks of life at the ceremony.

In his speech delivered at the event, Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Le Thanh Hai recalled bright milestones of the Southern Uprising, which broke out on Nov. 23, 1940.

Due to the lack of mature preparations and conditions, the uprising failed, but wrote glorious, brilliant pages in the revolutionary history of the Party and people and set an example of brave struggle, indomitable will, revolutionary attacking spirit and patriotism, he said.

The official stressed that the spirit of the Southern Uprising was the rising spirit of the nation, the spirit for the country and the people, and the spirit of ceaseless combat. It imbued and upheld the nation’s patriotic and heroic tradition and glorious history in the new era, struggling under the flag of Marxism-Leninism and Ho Chi Minh Thought, Hai added.

He went on to say that, “The Southern Uprising laid a foundation for our people to rise up and gain glorious victory in the August Revolution, and left profound and valuable lessons for revolutionary stages in the present and the future”.

On behalf of the youth, Secretary of Hoc Mon district’s Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Committee Dang Tran Truc Dao said the spirit of the Southern Uprising would be a valuable tradition for both current and future young generations, encouraging them to contribute further to the industrialization and modernization process of the city and the whole country.

Source: SGGP

Source: QDND

POSCO to build auto steel sheet plant in southern China

In Uncategorized on November 16, 2010 at 3:25 am

Floods claim six lives in southern central Vietnam

In Uncategorized on November 2, 2010 at 7:41 am

Low pressure system to bring downpours to central, southern Vietnam

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 6:33 pm

A low pressure zone has formed off the south central coast and will cause medium to heavy rains in central and southern provinces, the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center said Monday.

Flooding on a street in Ho Chi Minh City’s Binh Thanh District at 1 AM on Oct. 11 caused by torrential rains and high tide (Photo: Tuoi Tre)

On Monday afternoon, the system was centered 10-12 degrees north latitude and 110-112 degrees east longitude, off the coast from Binh Dinh to Binh Thuan provinces.

The national weather bureau said that the low pressure system has led the southwesterly winds to intensify in the southern region. Ho Chi Minh City thus will be cloudy and rainy in the next few days.

Boats on the waters off the southern region should keep watch of thunderstorms and prone tornados.

Source: SGGP