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Record high temperatures in Vietnam

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The recent hot spell, with temperatures reaching as high as 45 degrees Celsius, has been raging through several localities in Vietnam.


Hanoians adapt to unusual heat

Some places in the northern and central regions have experienced temperatures higher than any seen in decades.

Le Thanh Hai, Deputy Director of the National Hydro-meteorological Forecast Centre, said since early April, several localities in the northern and central regions have incurred three large-scale hot spells.

The latest hot spell starting from April 28, bringing the temperature to from 37-39 degrees Celsius in general and over 40 degree Celsius in some places.

In the northern province of Lao Cai, temperatures reached 45 degrees on May 2. In Cao Bang Province, temperatures were 40 degrees on May 1, compared to the record temperatures there previously at 39.9 degrees in 1966, he said.

On the same day, the temperature in Quy Hop District of the central province of Nghe An reached 41.1 degree Celsius, exceeding the record high of 39.6 degree Celsius in May 1980, he said.

The temperature in Bao Lac area of Cao Bang Province reached 40.3 degree Celsius and Bac Can, 39 on that day.

Weather predictions say that the heat could last until the end of the week. The centre also predicted that areas in the north could expect to see further hot spells throughout the summer.


Serious consequences

The severe heat is said to have caused a forest fires in several areas throughout the country.

A fire ravaged dozens of hectares of forest in Danang's Chieu District on May 5.

As many as 1,100 people battled the fire for almost 12 hours.

Pham Van Rong, Deputy Director of the municipal Forest Management Department, said the city is home to over 50,000 hectares of protected forests. Lasting and severe heat has been putting many locals in danger.

Severe weather is also putting large amount of rice paddies in danger because of serious drought, said Tran Van Chuong, Chairman of Quy Chau District People’s Committee in Nghe An Province.

According to the Department of Forest Management’s Forest Fire Warning Centre, forests in Quy Chau and Que Phong Districts have been put under the highest fire alert, level 5. Meanwhile, level 4 has been applied to forest lands in districts such as Anh Son, Con Cuong, Nam Dan, Nghi Loc, Nghia Dan, Quy Hop, Quynh Luu, Thanh Chuong, Tan Ky, Yen Thanh and Do Luong.

Weather blamed for fire in Danang

Paddy fields in Nghe An suffer from drought

Nghe An at high risk for forest fires

A cow seeks shelter

Students in Dien Chau District swim

Students in Nam Thanh Commune swim in Nong Giang River

Buffaloes try to find relief

An empty street during rush hour in Vinh

Covered from head to toe

Man wears women's wear to protect himself

Shelter from the sun in Vinh

Parks become unbearable

People crowd lakes for a bit of relief


Source: Dtinews


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