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Snow in Sa Pa has not harmed plants, livestock

Update: January, 12/2015 - 08:26
Snowfall has had little effect on flower and vegetable gardens as well as livestock in Lao Cai Province because farmers protected them well, local authorities say. Sa Pa Town attracted thousands of visitors eager to see the snow. – Photo tuoitre.vn

LAO CAI (VNS) — The snowfall in Lao Cai since Friday night has had little effect on 400ha of flower and vegetable gardens as well as livestock in the northern province, a local official has said.

Nguyen Tien Thanh, Director of the Sa Pa Economics Bureau, was quoted in a VNA report yesterday as saying people in mountainous areas of the district had protected their gardens from snow to maintain productivity and meet rising demand before and during the Tet (Lunar New Year) festival.

This year, Tet falls in the third week of February.

After the snow completely melted yesterday morning and weather warmed up, farmers had removed the protection and returned the gardens to their normal condition, he said.

Livestock farmers had also built stable roofs for their stables and pens, and prepared sufficient feed, he said. Some of them had moved their livestock to lower areas to avoid the snowfall and cold weather, and thus far, no loss has been reported, he added.

Lao Cai authorities also reported on Saturday that more than 3,000 visitors from other provinces had visited Sa Pa District in the last two days to see the snow.

This had led to traffic jams requiring more policemen and officials to manage the situation, they said.

Many roads in the tourist town of Sa Pa had been covered by snow as an intense cold spell hit northwestern provinces on the evening of January 9, pushing temperatures to zero degree Celsius.

Local residents said areas at altitudes of 1,900m and above were covered with up to 10cm of snow and lower areas experienced hail.

Earlier, the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Centre had forecast that Lao Cai would experience a cold front on early January 10 with temperatures of 1-2 degrees Celsius at heights of 2,000m above the sea level.

The Lao Cai People's Committee has asked relevant agencies to take measures to ensure the health of local residents, especially seniors and children, as also adequate protection for plants and livestock. — VNS

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