Nakhon Ratchasima – Authorities have had to declare mud springs in Baan Nong Kung Noi in Nakhon Ratchasima province a disaster area, to bar locals who have persisted in consuming the mud and applying it to their skin believing it has supernatural properties.
Deputy Governor of Nakhon Ratchasima, Piyachat Insawang led provincial disaster prevention and mitigation officers to rope off the nine mud springs that developed earlier this year in Baan Nong Kung Noi, under the authority of the 2007 Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Act. The measure was taken for fear of citizens falling ill after consuming and applying the mud to their skin.
The local public health office has also issued a warning that points out that the mud springs are a natural phenomenon due to the movement of underground water and chemical reactions. The warning details that the mud is contaminated by chemicals and bacteria, and therefore poses a danger to humans and should not be consumed or touched.