The cold weather which has hit the northern region with temperatures of 8 to 10 Celsius degree has reportedly been accompanied by a surge in the number of people suffering from strokes.
Air quality in Hà Nội fell to dangerous levels in the first week of the New Year, particularly in inner city areas, according to the Department of Natural Resources and Environment.
Storm Molave, which has killed at least 24 people in central coastal provinces in recent days according to disaster agencies, flooded many localities in Nghệ An Province on Friday.
Over the past five years, thousands of fishing boats in central Việt Nam have returned to shore safe and sound thanks to weather updates broadcast live from a small radio station.
A short story by Dương Giao Linh