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Cold snap kills cattle, damages thousands of crops

Update: January, 26/2016 - 17:07
A buffalo died from coldness in Yen Bai Province. — Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Nearly 800 cattle were killed as a result of the record-low cold spell raging across the northern region, officials said.

These details were revealed in the latest report released this morning by the Standing Office of the Central Steering Committee for Disaster Prevention (CSCDP).

Quang Ninh Province topped the list of 11 affected localities, with 217 cattle found frozen to death, followed by Lao Cai Province, where most tourists had flocked to Sa Pa Town to see the snow. The province saw 174 cattle die from the extreme weather, out of the total 773 cattle deaths reported in the region.

Snow and ice created problems across several other provinces as well, including Lai Chau, Yen Bai, Son La and Dien Bien. Lang Son, Yen Bai, Hoa Binh, Bac Giang and Bac Kan were also affected. Temperatures in these areas reportedly plummeted below zero degrees Celsius over the weekend.

Nearly 3,000ha worth of vegetables and another 217ha of short day plants were also ruined in the cold snap, the CSCDP said.

Traffic block

Part of the 4D National Highway connecting Thac Bac and O Quy Ho Pass in Sa Pa Town continued to be blocked off to traffic for safety reasons, the CSCDP said.

Authorities decided to ban all vehicles from running on the road since Sunday evening, due to the dangers posed by the slippery, icy road following the snowfall there.

The ban triggered a bottleneck on the highway, when at least 6,000 cars reportedly rushed to Sa Pa as tourists wanted to catch a glimpse of the rare snowfall.

So far, some 30 trucks and passenger cars remain stranded in the restricted area.

Meanwhile, nine communes across Son La Province have lost access to electricity as ice has broken several sections of the electricity line, the CSCDP reported. — VNS

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