The Hanoi Department of Education and Training announced on Wednesday that primary schools would close in the event of temperatures dropping below 10 degrees Celsius whilst secondary schools would shut down if temperatures dropped below 7 degrees Celsius.
|A primary class student (in pink) braves the cold to go to school in Hanoi (Photo: VNA)|
The department also instructed school administrative departments to remain open to monitor students who continued to come to school despite the cold temperatures and chilly winds.
The weather bulletin will be broadcasting the daily weather report at 6:30 am on the city radio station and television so that the district education departments could notify all schools in case of extreme cold conditions.
In the northeastern province of Cao Bang, several schools remained closed due to extreme weather conditions in Thong Nong and Quang Uyen districts.
Ho Thi Kim Hoa, head of the Lao Cai Province General Hospital pediatric ward claimed the number of children hospitalized during the last few days had doubled because of extreme cold weather. The hospital is already receiving around 70-80 children a day suffering from respiratory problems, diarrhea and fever.
Most of these children come from the worst affected districts of the province such as Sa Pa, Bac Ha, Muong Khuong and Si Ma Cai.