Hail damages roofs, crops in northern Vietnam

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Hail damages roofs, crops in northern Vietnam

Hailstones are pictured in Son La Province, Vietnam, March 6, 2022. Photo: Thao A Say

A storm with hailstones as big as an egg swept through multiple areas in Lang Son Province, northern Vietnam on Sunday afternoon, causing damage to many house roofs and crops.

The hail, which was accompanied by thunderstorms and strong winds, was recorded in Hua Nhan, Ta Khoa, and Muong Khoa Communes in Bac Yen District, Chieng Dong Commune in Yen Chau District, and Chieng Sung, Chieng Chan, and Na Bo Communes in Mai Son District.

It lasted for about 15 minutes, according to Thao A Say, chairman of the People’s Committee in Hua Nhan Commune.

Hailstones as big as an egg are seen in this photo provided by a local resident.

Hailstones as big as an egg are seen in this photo provided by a local resident.

“Many hailstones were as big as an egg, which pierced through the fibro cement roofs of many houses,” Say stated.

In Tan Cuong Village, Ta Khoa Commune alone, 28 out of 33 houses had their roofs damaged.

The weather condition also caused damage to locals’ crops and strawberry gardens.

Residents and authorities in the affected localities were dealing with the consequences of the hailstorm as of Monday morning, according to the provincial steering committee for natural disaster prevention and control.

A house roof is severely damaged by hail in Son La Province, March 6, 2022 in this supplied photo.

A house roof is severely damaged by hail in Son La Province, Vietnam March 6, 2022 in this supplied photo.

Several mountainous areas in northern Vietnam have been affected by a cold front, the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting reported.

Rains have been recorded in some districts in Yen Bai, Thai Nguyen, Tuyen Quang, and Son La Provinces.

The cold snap is expected to continue affecting other localities in northern Vietnam as well as parts of the north-central region on Monday, bringing about rains and chances of thunderstorms, hail, and strong gusts.

The roof of the house of Hua Nhan Commune chairman Thao A Say was damaged by hailstones. Photo: Thao A Say

The roof of the house of Hua Nhan Commune chairman Thao A Say was damaged by hailstones. Photo: Thao A Say

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