Cold kills almost 2,000 cattle in northern Vietnam

Biting cold has brought snow to many places, including some that have never had it before.

31 Jan 2016 – Residents in mountainous provinces in north Vietnam have lost thousands of cattle after days of extreme wintry climate, according to the Central Committee for Flood and Storm Control.

Nearly 2,000 cattle have died due to severe cold  since Sunday, according to the report.

Northwestern provinces suffered the greatest damage, especially Son La and Lao Cai, which lost 367 and 354 cattle, respectively, followed by Dien Bien, Yen Bai, and Lai Chau, where 311, 134, and 46 cattle have died.

The cold has also lead to myriad livestock deaths in Cao Bang, Quang Ninh, Ha Giang, Hoa Binh, Bac Giang, Bac Kan, and Lang Son.

In Lao Cai, the bizarre climate has threatened 4,473 hectares of crops, causing 217 hectares of industrial crops to wither, and snow to envelop over 150,000 hectares of forest.

All vegetation areas in Mu Cang Chai, a district of Yen Bai Province, were completely covered with snow.

In Ha Giang, 150 hectares of vegetables, including lettuces, beans and potatoes, were severely damaged by the frigid weather.

Over 1,500 hectares of herbs in Hoang Su Phi and Vi Xuyen – two highland districts of Ha Giang – were also blanketed with snow.

About 407 hectares of rice paddies in Xiu Man District of Ha Giang are very likely to wither under freezing temperatures.

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