Cold snap looms in northeastern Thailand

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MAHASARAKAM, Dec 2 – Hundreds of thousands of residents of northeastern Thailand are suffering from a cold snap as the temperatures there have so far dropped to 15 degrees Celsius.

Maha Sarakham provincial disaster response chief Sitthipol Sa-ngaim said today that the northeastern region has been swept by a cold spell, with temperatures plunging 2-3 degrees Celsius since yesterday. The lowest temperature was recorded at 15 degrees Celsius. Low visibility due to thick fog as well as strong winds are slowing down drivers.

According to Mr Sitthipol, some 200,000 people are suffering from the cold and in need of winter clothing.

The disaster chief warned those living in the cold-stricken areas, especially the elderly, children and those with underlying disease conditions, to keep themselves warm.

Meanwhile, dropping temperatures in Nong Bua Lamphu province in the northeast has reached 16 degrees Celsius in the past three days.

Nong Bua Lamphu’s Sri Boonruang district chief Natawat Viriyanapaporn reported some 13,000 villagers including elderly people and children as well as the disabled and low-come people in 12 subdistricts of Sri Boonruang district are suffering from the cold snap.