Hot weather has caused many changes in living and farming in central Viet Nam, according to Sai Gon Giai Phong (The Liberated Sai Gon) newspaper.
Vung Tau Beach in southern central Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province is a popular destination for people during the summer. Central provinces have experienced heat waves that cause chaos in their daily life and production. — VNA/VNS Photo Ngoc Ha
BINH DINH —
The temperature in Quy Nhon City in Binh Dinh Province has been around 36-37 degree Celcius, causing residents to flee to parks or beaches to take the air.
The route along the beach from Xuan Dieu Street to An Duong Vuong Street becomes crowded from 5-7pm and 4-6am every day.
Residents bring mattresses, canvases, folding beds and hammocks to spread out on the green space in the precinct along Xuan Dieu Street from noon to the end of the afternoon.
In Da Nang City, a large number of residents rush to the beach, causing the overload of services for food, parking, and fresh water baths.
The route Hoang Sa-Truong Sa, which used to be spacious, has become dense with motorbikes and cars, regardless of day or night.
Many buses from other provinces have poured into the city to take tourists to the sea.
Thuan An, Phu Thuan and Vinh Thanh beaches in Thua Thien – Hue, as well as Cua Tung and Cua Viet beach in Quang Tri Province are packed with crowds every day.
Chairs and buoys for rent on Thuan An beach usually run out of equipment early. A buoy made of car tyres rents for VND5,000-VND7,000 each.
Nguyen Thi Thu Diu, a senior at Quy Nhon University, said: "The boarding room is narrow and the weather is unbearably hot. We could not stay at home to revise for the final exam. It was hot last month. Four of us use fans all day and night. We then paid extra VND100,000 each for the electricity bill, double the usual amount."
Diu and her roommates decided to study on the beach and park to save money.
The blazing heat and cold from winds from Laos early this year damaged thousands of hectares of paddy and groundnuts in Thua Thien – Hue and Quang Tri provinces in growing within 1-1.5 months.
This has led to difficulties in preparing the summer-autumn crop.
Nguyen Van Bai, director of Quang Tri Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the province had asked farmers to destroy unusable dry groundnut trees and corn plants, and then plant green pea and watermelon plants.
These two crops, which have a short growing time of 70-75 days, are easy to plant and can adapt to harsh weather.
The province will offer financial support for these varieties and give instruction to farmers on planting techniques.
In Da Nang, electronics and machinery supermarkets and stores on Hung Vuong, Pasteur, Phan Chu Trinh, and Nguyen Huu Tho streets have become overloaded.
Products including air conditioners, fans and water fans have sold out.
A store owner on Phan Chu Trinh Street said customers have to wait for two days to have air conditioners installed.
Many stores have increased prices: water fans and air conditioners are selling for VND200,000 to VND500,000 higher than the usual.
These stores are now charging fees of VND150,000-VND200,000 each to install equipment at home, whereas before it was free. — VNS