BANGKOK, 19 October 2011 – The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has warned residents in flood ravaged zones to brace for cold weather.
Director-General of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Mr. Wiboon Sanguanpong said the cold spell was moving towards the Northern provinces of Thailand from China and the temperature could drop by 2-3 degree Celsius.
The cold temperature could also be expected in flooded areas, according to Mr. Wiboon, children and the elderly have been told to keep themselves warm while wading in the floodwater and drinking alcohol should be avoided.
Consuming a high level of alcohol believing that it could keep the body warm could lead to a seizure. It could also lead to a life threatening situation especially an intoxicated person could get drowned in the floodwater.
The Department has also warned those staying a tent to take extra precautions when lighting a fire to keep warm or to cook food. They must make sure it is being put out after use as fires tend to spread quickly in gusty winds. Those who need help under any emergency situation can call 1784 for help.