Over 9,200 cattle die from northern cold spell

The extremely cold weather affecting the northern region has caused 9,200 cattle to die and it is likely the figure will increase, said a spokesperson from the Livestock Production Department.

Residents slaughter a buffalo, which has recently died due to the extremely cold weather. So far, the cold weather has killed over 9,200 head of cattle from the northern and central regions (Photo: SGGP)

Most of the cattle deaths are from mountainous provinces of Lao Cai, Cao Bang, Hoa Binh, Bac Giang and Tuyen Quang and central provinces of Quang Binh, Ha Tinh and Thua Thien-Hue. Cao Bang is one of the worst hit provinces with over 2,000 cattle dying.

The new cold front that slammed into northern Vietnam yesterday has made mountainous areas extreme cold.

Luu Minh Hai, deputy director of the Lao Cai Province Hydro Meteorological Center said that on yesterday morning, temperatures in Sa Pa town dropped to -0.4 degree Celsius. This resulted in snow falling on the O Quy Ho mountain pass and along the Hoang Lien Son ranges.

Similarly, Y Ty Commune from the province’s Bat Xat District also experienced snowfall. This is the second time this year that ice and snow has affected the areas of Sa Pa and Y Ty.

Today, the cold front will move further into northern and central regions resulting in more cold weather.

By Van Phuc – Translated by Hai Mien

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