“To people here, it means fighting the deadly cold.”
Farmers in Sa Pa District, where the temperature dropped to minus 4.2 degrees Celsius on Sunday afternoon, said snow is falling at “a sensitive” time.
Many hope to sell vegetables grown on hundreds of hectares and chickens and buffaloes for Tet, the country’s most important festival, which comes in two weeks’ time.
But according to official statistics, snow has caused losses of more than VND2.3 billion ($103,500) to the district’s farmers after affecting more than 170 hectares of vegetable fields and killing five calves.
Dinh Viet Phuong, a vegetable farmer, estimated his loss at at least VND50 million (US2,250) since his vegetable garden is buried under snow and has little chance of survival.
“We’ve lost Tet.”
The cold snap in northern Vietnam is considered the worst in decades, bringing snow even to Ba Vi mountain near Hanoi, which is a mere 1,281 meters (4,200 feet) tall.
The capital city of Vietnam has experienced the most frigid weather after almost 40 years, way lower than expected, local meteorologists said.
According to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, the lowest temperature in Hanoi had been estimated at 8-9 degrees Celsius but a huge cold snap currently hitting the northern region caused it to plunge to 5.4 degrees Celsius on Sunday at 9:00 am.
This has been the lowest point since January 31, 1977.
LAO CAI – Many northern provinces have been experiencing bitter cold, while snow has been falling heavily in many areas across the northern mountainous region due to a strong cold spell that has enveloped almost half of the country since Saturday.
Snow blanketed Sa Pa in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai yesterday and temperatures plunged to minus 5 degrees C on Saturday night, the lowest temperature in years. The temperature at Sa Pa was measured at 0 degrees C yesterday morning.
Local elderly people said this is the biggest snowfall they have seen in many years.