Severe cold hit northern and northern-central regions (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – A total of 12,312 head of livestock, including 9,356 buffalos and cows, were killed by a severe cold that hit the northern and northern-central regions over the past week.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Department for Livestock Production, as of 4 p.m. on January 29, the northern mountainous province of Son La suffered the worst loss with 3,708 livestock killed, followed by Lang Son, Dien Bien, Lao Cai and Hoa Binh provinces.

The department asked localities to carry out measures to respond to the cold and instruct farmers on how to minimise losses.

Snow fell in many areas across the northern mountainous region as the severe cold spell enveloped almost half of the country from January 23.

Snow blanketed Sa Pa in the northern province of Lao Cai on January 24, where temperatures plunged to -5 degrees C on the night of January 23 – the lowest in many years.

Freezing temperatures were also reported in other areas, such as -0.4 degrees C in Tam Dao (Phu Tho province), -0.2 degrees C in Dong Van (Ha Giang province) and -4 degrees C on Mau Son Mountain (Lang Son province).

According to the National Steering Committee on Disaster Prevention and Control, by 7 p.m. on January 28, the freezing weather had spoiled 9,453 hectares of rice, 8,472 hectares of rice seeds and 16,149 hectares of vegetables.-VNA