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Cold weather remains unabated for next ten days

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:15 am

A bitter cold wave covered northern Vietnam on Sunday, lashing it with rain and cold northeasterly winds. The National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center predicted these conditions would last for a further ten days.

The temperature has dropped to less than 8-9 degrees Celsius in Hanoi and remained below 0 degree Celsius in the mountainous provinces of Lang Son and Cao Bang.

The northern provinces of the central region have also suffered bitter cold winds.

It is expected that the biting cold weather will prevail over northern Vietnam on January 11 and 14 and icy and snowy conditions may cover the Mau Son mountaintop and also other places in the mountainous region.

The entire belt from Da Nang to the southern part of the central region has been affected by this bitter cold wave.

Meanwhile, the Central Highlands and southern regions will continue to experience extreme cold at night and during the early hour of morning. The prevailing temperatures will hover around 18-20 degrees Celsius.

Source: SGGP

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.

Related article:
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

East Sea experiences fierce stormy weather

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:30 am

The East Sea has turned rough and gloomy, threatening shipping during the next 6 to7 days, the national weather bureau has said.

The East Sea will be very rough in the next several days as cold fronts has clobbered Vietnam

The cold front, which was heading towards Vietnam the previous day, coated and froze some areas in the northern mountainous regions on Wednesday morning.

From today onwards, the cold front will affect other portions in the northern region and then spread to the central region.

The Gulf of Tonkin has seen northeasterly winds up to level 6 (39-49 kilometers an hour) and gusts up to level 8 (62-74 kilometers an hour).

The central and southern parts of East Sea are likely to see even stronger winds.

From January 1 and January 5, two more cold fronts will move into Vietnam, and as a result, the northern region is forecast to get much colder and frost may occur.

In the central and southern seas, the northeasterly winds will strongly operate with waves up to 3-5 meters during the next ten days.

On Wednesday, the National Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention instructed coastal provinces and cities from Quang Ninh to Kien Giang, to notify boats about the changes in weather conditions, so that they may be able to prevent any damage to shipping or loss of life.

In the Red River Delta and the mountainous areas, farmers need to take precautionary measures, in order to protect their rice, cattle, chickens and seafood, from the extreme cold weather.

The southern coastal provinces and Ho Chi Minh City will introduce measures to cope with salt intrusion, caused by the high tide.

Source: SGGP

La Nina blamed for weather upset, but climate link unclear

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:11 am

PARIS, Jan 7, 2011 (AFP) – Experts pin the floods that have ravaged northeastern Australia on a weather phenomenon known as La Nina but are cautious whether the peril could be amplified by climate change.

La Nina, or “girl child,” is the counterpart of El Nino, or “boy child,” together comprising a pendular swing of extreme weather that affects the Pacific Rim but can be disruptive as far as the coast of southern Africa.

El Nino occurs when the trade winds that circulate surface water in the tropical Pacific start to weaken.

A mass of warm water builds in the western Pacific and eventually rides over to the eastern side of the ocean.

The outcome is a major shift in rainfall, bringing floods and mudslides to usually arid countries in western South America and drought in the western Pacific, as well as a change in nutrient-rich ocean currents that lure fish.

Eventually, El Nino peters out, sometimes when a cold phase — La Nina — starts to dominate.

At that point, the reverse happens: countries in the eastern Pacific face drier weather and those on the west, such as Australia’s Queensland, get drenched.

An Army Chinook helicopter leaves Australia’s Rockhampton transporting an electricity generator to the flood disaster area of Theodore on January 6, 2011. More heavy rains were forecast for Australia’s northeast, threatening to worsen flooding after besieged Rockhampton cut supplies to “irresponsible” residents refusing to leave. AFP

“2010 began with El Nino conditions in the Pacific followed by a rapid transition into La Nina during (the southern hemisphere’s) autumn,” Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology says on its website.

“(…) By July, La Nina conditions were well established and most areas of Australia experienced very much above average rainfall. The second half of the year (July to December) was the wettest on record for Australia.”

In the 20th century, scientists identified 25 moderate or strong El Ninos and 17 episodes of La Nina. The toll to human life and property, in droughts and floods, has sometimes been huge.

The back-and-forth cycle — formally known as the El Nino/La Nina-Southern Oscillation, or ENSO — occurs every two to seven years.

Because sea temperature plays such an important role, some climate experts are keen to determine whether man-made global warming might make it more frequent or vicious.

Prudence, though, is the watchword. ENSO is a complex mechanism and reliable oceanographic data reaches back only a century or so, which is minute given that climate history spans billions of years.

“There is no consistent indication at this time of discernible changes in projected ENSO amplitude or frequency in the 21st century,” the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) crisply announced in its Fourth Assessment Report in 2007.

In an interview with AFP, Baylor Fox-Kemper, an oceanographer at the University of Colorado, explained: “Many models indicate that there is a link between El Nino and climate change, but they don’t agree as to what that change should be.

“Furthermore, El Nino is so noisy [a term meaning complex] that it takes many centuries of data to be sure that a change has occurred.

“Since we have only a limited amount of trusted real-world data, we are unable to validate which of these models is closest to the truth.”

Others say that despite the unknowns, logic dictates that global warming is bound to have an impact on ENSO.

“With a warmer world, one would expect the atmosphere to hold more moisture, so that when it does rain, it is heavier,” said New Zealand specialist Jim Salinger.

“So La Nina rainfall events are expected to be more intense… (although) at this stage, it is not known whether La Nina events will become more frequent.”

Source: SGGP

Cold weather killing cattle

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:02 am

The consecutive cold snaps experienced in the northern region has killed many head of cattle and meteorologists are concerned that the catastrophic cold weather, which occurred in 2008, will also cause havoc this winter.

People in the Sa Pa town, Lao Cai Province, erecting fences in order to protect their cattle from the extreme cold weather (Photo: SGGP)

Bui Van Quang, deputy chairperson of the Pac Nam District, Bac Kan northeastern province, said on Wednesday, 50 cattle were found dead in the district’s communes, which include Nhan Mon, Cao Tan, Cong Bang and An Thang.

At night, the temperature dropped to only 5 degrees Celsius and many areas experienced frost, which caused damage to vegetable crops, he said.

Concerning about the record cold weather of 2008 repeating itself this year, the district People’s Committee has instructed village leaders to tell their residents, to stockpile grass and straw. This will be used as cattle food in case of further bad weather.

Meanwhile, the Bac Kan Province Department of Agriculture and Rural Development have instructed farmers to move their cattle to other districts, such as Ba Be and Thach Thong. This is in order to take shelter from the cold weather.

Authorized organizations in other northern provinces like Lao Cai, Lai Chau, and Son La, where sometimes extremely cold weather develops, have told farmers to take precautionary measures, like providing temporary shelter, in order to protect their cattle.

Tran Van Khan, deputy director of the Cao Bang Province Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that it was difficult to protect the cattle from cold weather in Nguyen Binh, Thong Nong and Bao Lam districts as several farmers there still leave their cattle unattended, without any protection or food sources.

In the winter of 2008, the damage bill was put at over VND400 billion (US$21 million), with 52,000 head of cattle dying, and well as 146,000 hectares of rice and 9,500 hectares of rice seedlings destroyed.

Cold weather to be worst in January, February

According to the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center, the undue cold weather this winter will continue into January and February.

It is predicted that in January only, another four to five cold fronts will affect the northern region, with average temperatures forecast to be only 15 degrees Celsius.

In other regions of the country, the average temperature is likely to be 0.5-1 degree Celsius lower than that in previous years’ same period.

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

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

Weather clears for Indonesia tsunami aid as toll climbs

In Uncategorized on October 31, 2010 at 11:11 am

People fall sick due to transitional weather, floods

In Uncategorized on October 15, 2010 at 10:27 am

Unusual and severe weather of the transitional season have made old people and children in northern and southern Vietnam ill, while many diseases have stricken people in the central region after floods.

A health official sprays chemicals to control pollution caused by floods in Huong Khe District, central province of Ha Tinh (Photo: SGGP)

Doctor Le Thanh Hai, deputy head of the Hanoi-based Central Children’s Hospital, said many children have been hospitalized since the northern region entered the autumn in early October.
He said his hospital received 1,000-1,5000 child patients a day on usual days, but in these days, it has received 1,800-2,200 patients a day, and 30-40 percent of them have to be hospitalized.
The number of children admitted to St. Paul and Bach Mai hospitals has also increased by 30-50 percent.
These children have suffered from high fever, respiratory illnesses, diarrhea, pneumonia, and allergies.
Not only children but also old people have become ill when the weather goes from hot to cold, most of them have got cough, asthma, and rheumatism.
Down south, dengue fever epidemic continues spreading throughout cities and provinces with Ho Chi Minh City being hardest hit.  
Doctor Ha Manh Tuan, head of the Ho Chi Minh City-based Children’s Hospital 2, said over 5,300 children with dengue fever were treated at the hospital in the past nine months.
The number of dengue fever patients admitted to the hospital in September soared by nearly 30 percent over August and 50 percent over the same period of last year.
While the Children’s Hospital 1 received over 3,350 children with dengue fever from early this year. The hospital has currently received about 100 dengue fever patients a day.
The Tropical Disease Hospital has also received about 100 adults with dengue fever a day for treatment.
According to the city Health Department, the city received 500 patients per week from provinces in October, while the figure was 300 in September.
Nine patients died because they did not receive timely emergency aid.
In the central region, pink-eye, diarrhea, flu, pneumonia, skin and intestinal diseases have afflicted people due to pollution caused by recent floods.
A preliminary statistics showed that in Quang Binh Province’s Minh Hoa District, 166 residents have got skin diseases, 99 have had pink-eye, 67 have suffered from acute intestinal diseases, 29 have got diarrhea, and 75 have caught flu.
While Ha Tinh Province has seen 2,500 cases of pink-eye, 2,400 cases of skin diseases, and 118 cases of diarrhea within four days after the floods.
Hundreds of lakes, streams and rivers in the region are now polluted.

Source: SGGP