The 2006 Mekong Festival held recently in southern Vietnam's An Giang Province had two primary objectives: First, to introduce visitors to the diverse tourism-related resources available in the region. Second, to provide a chance for local tourist firms to meet and exchange experiences in order to enhance cooperation within, and expand the activities throughout, the tourist sector across the Cuu Long River delta. This was only one of a multitude of events that have been, and will be, held throughout Vietnam during 2006, all intended to highlight Vietnam Tourism's invitation to foreign tourists: "Vietnam: The Hidden Charm" The 2006 Mekong Festival held recently in southern Vietnam's An Giang Province had two primary objectives: First, to introduce visitors to the diverse tourism-related resources available in the region. Second, to provide a chance for local tourist firms to meet and exchange experiences in order to enhance cooperation within, and expand the activities … [Read more...] about Welcome to southern Vietnam, its waters and luxuriant orchards!
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A low pressure system in the East Sea is moving mainly west towards Southern Vietnam and may develop into a tropical storm, the National Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Center has warned. At 4 am today, the system was located 160 km east-southeast of the region between Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Ca Mau provinces, packing winds of 62-74 kph and gusts of up to 87 kph. In the next 24 hours, the system is likely to move between west and west-northwest at 10-15 kph and may strengthen into a storm. At 4 pm today the center of the depression is expected to lie off of Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Ca Mau, with the same wind strength. Due to the depression, areas west of the Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands and between Binh Thuan and Ca Mau provinces, including Phu Quy and Con Dao Islands, will face strong winds of up to 62 kph and gusts of up to 87 kph. Thunderstorms and rough seas will impact this area. The depression has also caused medium to heavy rain in southern provinces and other localities … [Read more...] about Tropical depression heads for Southern Vietnam
Bird flu returned to southern Vietnam this week after an absence of two months, and officials warned farmers of more outbreaks as the weather cools. Tests performed at a laboratory for the Mekong delta region confirmed the H5N1 virus in the samples taken from ducks at the farm in Tra Cu district in Tra Vinh province, Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper said. At least five ducks were dead among 300 at the farm, officials said. A Tra Vinh Animal Health Department official said by telephone that authorities were contacting the farm owner to get more details. He said the last bird flu outbreak was found among ducks in the same district in late August. Agriculture Minister Cao Duc Phat on Tuesday urged animal health authorities to step up vaccinating poultry because bird flu would soon return among unvaccinated birds, especially as the weather cooled in autumn and winter in northern provinces. Bird flu has infected seven people in Vietnam so far this year, four of whom have … [Read more...] about Bird flu kills ducks in southern Vietnam
Southern Vietnam, rarely hit by storms, Tuesday was devastated after Typhoon Durian roared past, killing at least 50 and injuring more than 1,000. The storm, the ninth to hit Vietnam this year, earlier had killed over 500 people in the Philippines. Though forecasters have said the storm would hit the Vietnamese southern region, local authorities have been quite slack in preparation efforts. Thus, the low-lying region in the Mekong River Delta, the biggest rice basket in the country, was devastated, and serious flooding feared. Nearly 100 people were killed or went missing, and more than 1,300 suffered injuries in the region, Nhan Dan reported Wednesday. Over 888 boats were sunk and damaged, over 119,300 houses collapsed, unroofed and damaged. Slack anti-storm measures, top officials criticized Authorities said the heavy toll was due to locals being heedless towards government instructions to tackle the storm and local government's loose oversight. Deputy Prime … [Read more...] about Typhoon Durian devastates ‘inexperienced’ southern Vietnam
High tides fueled by heavy northeasterly winds coming in off the East Sea were confirmed as the cause of flooding in southern Vietnam last week, announced the weather bureau Saturday. The southern Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Center said the fierce winds together with the flood tides brought on high water levels down river. The northeasterlies and the tide are to weaken in about 10 days with another less aggressive tide coming in. However, if the tide coincides with the incoming northeast winds, water levels could be high again, warned the center. When the winds hit, two sections of Ho Chi Minh City's dike on the Saigon River had been breached, flooding over 400 houses. Reported by Mai Vong - Translated by Hoang Bao … [Read more...] about Tides, winds trigger flooding in southern Vietnam