Tran Thi Dung, a flower grower in O Qui Ho, said with great sadness on December 17 that thick snow had come all of a sudden, destroying her flowers worth hundreds of millions of Vietnam dong.
The Hoa Dao Cooperative in Sapa town has fared even worse with more than 50 hectares of chayote and rose destroyed at an estimated lost of VND25 billion. Fifty member families are just waiting for snow thawing to start a new crop from a scratch.
Along Highway 4D from Trung Chai to Coc San, hundreds of huts have been set up to provide shelter for buffaloes.
By December 17, dozens of buffaloes had died in addition to the destruction of more than 2,000 sq.m of orchid gardening and 60 percent of chayote grown acreage.