The poetic beauty, cool fresh air, diverse cultures, and local cuisine all work to attract tourists to Mai Châu District in northern Hòa Bình Province, 140km southwest of Hà Nội.
A far-flung village has been recently discovered in the northern mountain province of Hòa Bình and dubbed 'Hạ Long Bay on Land' by travellers for its charming scenery and undulating hills and mountains.
The national irrigation department has reported a staggeringly low level of water reserves in northern and central regions, signalling the threat of a severe drought in 2020.
Typhoon Sơn Tinh – the third typhoon to hit the East Sea this year – was forecast to make landfall in provinces from Thái Bình to Quảng Bình last night with wind speeds near its eye reaching 74km per hour.
In an effort to deal with recent heavy rains that have hit northern parts of the country, Hòa Bình Hydropower Plant on Monday morning opened a new flood gate, the second since July 7.
Việt Nam experienced unprecedentedly severe natural disasters in 2017, resulting in 386 people dead and missing and some VNĐ60,000 billion (US$2.6 billion) worth of damages.
Unsustainable livelihoods, including the chopping down of protective forests for agricultural production and building houses near streams and rivers, have increased risks of natural disasters, officials admitted at a meeting yesterday.
Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc asked for prompt measures to be taken to support flood-hit communities’ re-building efforts during a meeting with officials from the four provinces recently hit by the disaster in Hà Nội on Thursday.