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People shiver as temperature falls to 3 degrees Celsius in Vietnam’s Sa Pa

Thursday, December 31, 2020, 17:27 GMT+7
People shiver as temperature falls to 3 degrees Celsius in Vietnam’s Sa Pa
A woman protects her child from the cold in Sa Pa, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, December 31, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Temperature in Sa Pa, a tourist town in the northern Vietnamese province of Lao Cai, has plummeted to three degrees Celsius due to the effect of a strong cold front.

The cold snap began affecting northern localities early on Thursday morning, the National Center for Hydro-metrological Forecasting reported.

As of 6:00 am, the lowest temperature was measured at 13-16 degrees Celsius in the Red River Delta, 10 degrees Celsius in mountainous areas, and below five degrees Celsius at higher altitudes.

Fog covers Sa Pa on the morning of December 31, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Fog covers Sa Pa on the morning of December 31, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

The lowest temperature on Thursday morning was recorded at 1.1 degrees Celsius at Mau Son mountain area in Lang Son Province, three degrees Celsius in Sa Pa, Lao Cai Province, and 4.8 degrees Celsius at Pha Din Pass in Dien Bien Province.

According to the observation of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters, many residents in Sa Pa had to stop farming due to the frigid weather, while others rushed to reinforce their barns to keep their domestic animals warm.

Commuters put on raincoats to keep themselves warm in Sa Pa, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, December 31, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Commuters put on raincoats to keep themselves warm in Sa Pa, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, December 31, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Some took their cows and buffaloes to locations at lower altitudes to avoid the cold.

"We often grow vegetables during this time of the year. But when it gets too cold, we can only stay at home and do embroidery by the fire," said Tan Thi May, a local farmer.

About 13,000 cows and buffaloes are being raised by 4,500 households in Sa Pa, said Tran Thi Lan Huong, deputy head of the town’s economic bureau.

Women do embroidery by a coal stove in Sa Pa, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, December 31, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Women do embroidery by a coal stove in Sa Pa, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, December 31, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Seven percent of these households do not have barns that are capable of protecting their cattle against low temperatures, Huong continued, adding that they are advised to take the animals to a lower altitude.

Other farmers are recommended to keep their cattle indoors and store sufficient food during this period.

A woman checks her vegetable farm in Sa Pa, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, December 31, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A woman checks her vegetable farm in Sa Pa, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, December 31, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Young children put on warm clothing to protect them from the cold weather in Sa Pa, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, December 31, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Young children put on warm clothing to protect them from the cold weather in Sa Pa, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, December 31, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A farmer feeds his buffalos in Sa Pa, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, December 31, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A farmer feeds his buffaloes in Sa Pa, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, December 31, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Young children put on warm clothing to protect them from the cold weather in Sa Pa, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, December 31, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Young children put on warm clothing to protect them from the cold weather in Sa Pa, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, December 31, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A commuter puts on raincoats to keep themselves warm in Sa Pa, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, December 31, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A commuter puts on a raincoat to keep herself warm in Sa Pa, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, December 31, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A man collects grass for his cattle in Sa Pa, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, December 31, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A man collects grass for his cattle in Sa Pa, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, December 31, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Tourists are pictured in Sa Pa, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, December 31, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Tourists are pictured in Sa Pa, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, December 31, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre
Family members sit by a firewood stove in Sa Pa, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, December 31, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre
Family members sit by a firewood stove in Sa Pa, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, December 31, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

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