In het noorden van Vietnam sneewt


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Snow started falling in Sapa town in the northern mountain province of Lao Cai on December 15 th . Snow-dressed Sapa town, which has already been Vietnam’s major tourist attraction, bring visitors breathtaking landscapes.
O Quy Ho pass, Silver waterfall, and the Fansipan peak were the first places to experience snowfall.

Thousands of tourists have flocked to Sapa to see the snow-covered landscape while local people are in dismay. Tran Thi Dung, a flower grower in O Qui Ho, said with great sadness on December 17 that thick snow had come all of a sudden, destroying her flowers worth hundreds of millions of Vietnam dong.

The Hoa Dao Cooperative in Sapa town has fared even worse with more than 50 hectares of chayote and rose destroyed at an estimated lost of VND25 billion. Fifty member families are just waiting for snow thawing to start a new crop from a scratch.

Along Highway 4D from Trung Chai to Coc San, hundreds of huts have been set up to provide shelter for buffaloes. Snowfall in Sa Pa Town in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai, which began Sunday, has caused serious damage to farms.

According to the town’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, 100 hectares of chayote and another 100 hectares of flowers were destroyed, and all vegetables and other crops were buried by snow.

Heavy snowfall also led to constant traffic congestion on Highway 4D connecting Lai Chau and Lao Cai provinces. More than 50 cars were unable to continue driving, as of noon yesterday.

Local authorities reported that some 5,000 people flocked to Sa Pa to watch the snow, adding to the traffic congestion.

The province has quickly mobilised workers and rescuers to remove snow.
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