Authorities speed up blanket distribution in Nakhon Phanom


BANGKOK, 23 January 2014 Nakhon Phanom authorities are speeding up help for cold snap victims as all 12 districts of the province have already been declared cold disaster zones. The temperature was reportedly as low as 7 degrees Celsius.

Nakhon Phanom Province is experiencing the lowest temperature in 5 years. The mercury measured by the local meteorological office is around 7 degrees Celsius in the morning, forcing the province to declare all of its 12 districts cold-spell disaster zones.

Provincial authorities are now working hard to assist the people as approximately 200,000 residents are in need of winter blankets. People who live in Na Wa District, 100 kilometers away from central Nakhon Phanom, are seen making bonfires at night to keep themselves warm. As of now, around 10,000 winter blankets have been distributed to the residents.

Authorities are also warning residents of possible fire, while calling on all local offices to be well-prepared in case of an emergency.