Cold weather in north kills livestock and destroys crops.
Nearly 2,000 heads of livestock died and almost 5,000 ha of crops were destroyed during the cold snap in the north of the country, according to the Central Steering Committee for Disaster Prevention.
Over recent days temperatures of 6C have been recorded in cities and from -2C to -3C in mountainous areas; the coldest spell to hit the north since 1977, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting. Frost and snow have blanketed many areas, such as Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Son La, and Dien Bien provinces and, for the first time, Hanoi and Nghe An province.
Of the 1,905 heads of livestock that have died, including cows, buffaloes, horses, goats, and pigs, Son La lost the most, with 367, followed by Lao Cai with 354, Dien Bien 311, Cao Bang 295, and Quang Ninh 255. 4,474 ha of crops and 217 ha of industrial trees were also destroyed.
Mr. Ma Quang Trung, Head of the Department of Crop Production under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, estimated that losses will total around VND10 billion ($45,000).
Frost and snow also blocked traffic along many routes in Yen Bai, Lai Chau, and Son La provinces.
(Photo: Yen Bai Newspaper)