"It has been
the beginning of summer time however the weather in Sapa in
early days of May is as cold as winter, temperature dropped
to 11 degrees Celsius, reaching damaging level, destroying
crops and animals. For many years the weather in Sapa has
become like this" said Luu Minh Hai, director of the Center
for Meteorology - Hydrology Lao Cai.
This is due to the influence of an intense cold spell from
the north, temperature in Sapa at 7am quickly descended to
12 degrees, the weather is expected to continue lower, Sapa
is in damaging level cold.
Cold weather has surprised visitors and many had to buy warm
clothes. Many canceled their trip to the villages due to
rain and slippery road. Many travel companies had to cancel
their tours to Sapa and move the itinerary to warmer
Sapa is usually cooler from April to November and a lot of
people visit Sapa this time, in January the weather is very
cold and foggy, sometimes it snows in the mountain areas.
Bad weather also made local people find measures to keep
warm for their cattle, many families in the "key areas" such
as Trung Chai, Ta Phin villages had to evacuate their
buffaloes to lower area to stay away from the coldness, most
people locked the animals in the stable, carried grass from
lower land by motorbike to feed the cattle.
Sapa authorities warns people to take measure against
weather to protect humans and animals, crops and plants,
limit the damage caused by abnormal changes by weather.
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