HA NOI – Nearly one week of severe cold weather has caused disruptions in the daily lives of residents in the country's northern and central regions.
Around 80 children were being seen at Hoa Binh Province's General Hospital daily with symptoms such as coughs, fevers and even convulsions due to the cold.
Peach blossom growers in Ha Noi were worried that their 300 ha of trees would not flower during Tet (Lunar New Year) as scheduled because of the prolonged cold weather, according to the Ha Noi Agriculture and Rural Development Department.
Local growers are now attempting to warm the trees using a number of measures including covering them with nylon, watering them with warm water and using light bulbs to help open their gorgeous red or pink flowers for the upcoming holiday.
Growers of yellow apricot blossoms are experiencing a similar situation in central Thua Thien Hue Province.
Nguyen Thi Linh, a flower grower in Ha Noi's Me Linh District, said that fewer flower buds were opening than expected on his farm.
The department reported that the cold weather was causing 10,000 ha of vegetables to mature slowly in the city's suburban districts.
Breeders in northern mountainous Ha Giang Province, where daytime temperatures were below 10 degrees Celsius, are also taking active measures to prevent the cold from harming their cows and buffaloes.
The temperature has dropped to below freezing in Meo Vac and Dong Van districts. – VNS