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Hanoi (VNA) – The Prime Minister has sent an urgent document to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the People’s Committees of northern and central localities calling for measures to cope with the severe cold which has caused damage to the localities.

The PM urged the People’s Committees to strictly follow the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development’s instructions on preventing cold and hunger for livestock during the 2015-2016 winter-spring crop.

He required relevant agencies to keep a close watch on weather developments and inform people on the weather conditions to keep them active in prevention, to ensure production and minimise losses.

The MARD was asked to direct localities, businesses and farmers on how to take preventive measures.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment was requested to instruct the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecastings (NCHMF) to closely follow weather developments and give forecasts to localities, relevant agencies and people - for active prevention.

Central and local press agencies were required to update regularly on mass media any developments of the severe cold, and the strong winds at sea to facilitate prevention.

Northern and northern central localities have been facing freezing cold temperatures. Frost and snow have been seen in mountainous areas with the lowest temperatures recorded over the last four decades, causing damage to crops and cattle.

According to the NCHMF’s forecast, the severe cold may continue for several more days.-VNA