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Hundreds of thousands of students skip school due to frosty climate in Vietnam

Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 19:14 GMT+7

A huge number of students in the mountainous areas of two north-central provinces of Vietnam had to stay home on Monday due to the expansion of the cold spell that is hitting the northern region, according to local authorities.  

Many students in Thanh Hoa Province and Quang Binh Province had to spend their day at home on account of the cold front, officials said. 

Thousands of students in Thanh Hoa’s highland districts, namely Muong Lat, Quan Hoa, Quan Son, Lang Chanh, and Ba Thuoc, were permitted to skip school since temperatures plummeted to below seven degrees Celsius.

In Muong Lat, about 10,000 students of kindergartens through to high schools had to be at home in order not to harm their health in the cold, said Cao Van Cuong, chairman of the Muong Lat People’s Committee.

As the temperature hovered below six degrees Celsius in Lang Chanh, all institutions from kindergartens to high schools in the region have had to shut down, rendering 11,053 schoolchildren unable to go to school on Monday, said Le Minh Thu, director of the district’s education bureau.

Yen Khuong, a border commune in Lang Chanh District, has experienced snowfall as it has been around two to three degrees Celsius – a very rare phenomenon in recent history.

Thu added that schools should be back on track and offer additional courses for students whenever it is warmer.

Also on Monday, Le Dinh Xuan, chief of the education bureau in Quan Son, said all students of the district had been told to stay home to avoid frostbite.

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Sa Pa as seen from the sky

Students in Minh Hoa and Tuyen Hoa – two highland districts in Quang Binh Province, were also allowed to have a day off due to biting cold weather conditions, around five to six degrees Celsius.

According to Ha Van Nhan, director of the provincial education department, over 73,000 elementary school students and 50,000 preschool kids were required to stay home due to harsh weather conditions.

The cold front has affected many localities around the Red River Delta and caused some locales in the northern region to be blanketed with snow, Sa Pa in particular, a resort town in Lao Cai Province.

The huge cold snap currently hitting Hanoi caused temperatures to plunge to 5.4 degrees Celsius on Sunday at 9:00 am, which forced many kindergartens and elementary schools to temporarily close down.

The cold spell will keep lashing the northern region until Wednesday, weather forecasters said.

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