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Northern provinces brace for cold weather

Update: December, 26/2013 - 09:38
The National Centre for Hydro-Meteorology Forecasting said the cold spell would last at least four days, bringing frost to northern mountainous provinces.— Photo ktdt

HA NOI (VNS) — People's Committees in northern mountainous provinces have been urged to take prompt action to save crops and livestock from a cold snap that is forecast to hit the region tonight.

The National Centre for Hydro-Meteorology Forecasting said the cold spell would last at least four days, bringing frost to northern mountainous provinces.

Temperatures were also forecast to drop to 8 degrees Celsius in Ha Noi, the centre said.

According to Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat, frost, heavy snow and cold weather had hit the northern mountainous provinces of Lao Cai, Lang Son and Cao Bang already this winter.

This weather was expected to continue to batter the area, he said, instructing farmers to use nylon bags to cover seedlings and protect them from the cold weather.

Vegetable farmers had also been advised to harvest while they can and replant when the cold snap abates, he said.

Cattle farmers should provide enough food for their livestock and not graze them when the temperature dropped below 12 degrees Celsius, he said.

Around 200 cows and buffaloes were killed and 800ha of crop were damaged due to icy weather in early December in Lao Cai, and around 200 cows and buffaloes died during the cold weather in Lai Chau. — VNS

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