Cold snap strikes northern Vietnam
Updated : 01/06/2013 14:29 GMT + 7
Hanoians are battling the coldest weather they have seen this year with temperatures dipping to 8.7 degrees Celsius on January 5, leading to the closure of all local primary schools in a move to ensure children’s health.
People and cattle in other northern provinces, particularly those in mountainous areas, are also suffering from the freezing cold.
Temperatures in the tourism town of Sa Pa have dipped to 3.3 degrees Celsius while residents in Cao Bang province’s Trung Khanh and Bac Kan province’s Ngan Son district witnessed the temperature dropping to 4 and 5.5 degrees Celsius respectively.
The capital city is expected to endure the cold wave until January 7. According to local weather forecasters, another cold spell will hit the northern region on January 9, which will bring sharp temperature drops.
A buffalo suffering from the freezing weather in O Quy Ho, Sa Pa with tree branches covered in snow.
A family stops by the roadside for lunch while they are on the way to seek shelter for their buffalos.
An H-Mong girl in Lung Phinh, Dong Van in Ha Giang northern province uses corn leaves - a popular food for cattle - to warm herself.
A man shivered under the cold weather in Long Bien market, Hanoi.
People and buffalos warm themselves around a fire.
An elderly woman could not pedal her bicycle through Long Bien Bridge due to strong winds.
A small trader in Long Bien market in Hanoi covers herself in a thick blanket.
Adults and children building a fire to warm themselves on Nguyen Huu Huan Street in Hanoi.