Snow covered Y Tý Commune, Bát Xát District, Lào Cai Province in on January 11. — Photo tuoitre.vn HÀ NỘI — The extreme cold weather, between January 7 and January 12, has killed over 540 cows and buffaloes as well as damaged about 93ha of crops in northern mountainous provinces of Cao Bằng, Lào Cai, Điện Biên, Sơn La, Lai Châu, Lạng Sơn and Yên Bái. The damage, caused by the freezing temperatures, was mitigated as residents took measures to shelter most animals and protect crops. Nguyễn Như Cường, head of the Department of Crop Production under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said most people in the mountainous provinces were already aware of keeping their animals and plants warm during the winter. Farming households set up lamps for plants and increased food for animals during the cold snap, he said. Nguyễn Thị X, owner of a large herd of cattle in Than Uyên District, Lai Châu Province, said her family prepared the farm and stored enough straw from the beginning of the harvest season. The current cold weather did not affect the cattle. In Yên Bái Province, Nguyễn Văn Hòe, head of Agriculture and Rural Development Office of Trạm Tấu District, said the office… Read full this story
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