|A resident’s house is destroyed by hailstones and whirlwinds on Saturday night in Xuân La Commune, Pác Nặm District in the northern province of Bắc Kạn. The hailstones have average diameter of from two to more than three centimetres. — VNA/VNS Photo Bùi Đức Hiếu|Viet Nam News
LÀO CAI — The Mường Khương District in the northern mountainous province of Lào Cai, was hit by hailstones and whirlwinds early Saturday morning, but damage was minimal.
Phạm Xuân Thịnh, deputy head of the agriculture division of Mường Khương, said the slight hail, a result of a cold snap moving from the north, occurred in early morning from midnight to 5am in almost all communes of the district, lasting from five to 15 minutes.
However, he said, the hail did not cause considerable human or property damage.
Residents in Nậm Chảy Commune said the hail, along with strong winds, lasted for 15 minutes, blanketing the ground with hailstones 1 – 1.5cm in diameter.
This was the second hail recorded in Lào Cai province since the beginning of 2018. It ended the hot weather and pushed temperatures down to 17 – 20 degrees Celsius, according to Director of the Lào Cai hydro-meteorological station Lưu Minh Hải. — VNS