Cold weather challenges communities in northeastern Thailand


NORTHEAST – Temperatures in Thailand’s northeastern region continue to drop, compromising the visibility of commercial routes and challenging the resilience of communities to cold weather. 

Fog along the Mekong River has restricted visibility to no more than 10 meters, especially in Sangkhom district of Nong Khai province, where the fog has endangered ferry and fishing routes in areas filled with rocks.

Meanwhile, several temples in Kalasin province are experiencing a shortage of winter clothing. The Mayor of Kalasin’s Mueang district joined local residents in conducting the annual merit-making ceremony to donate new robes and other necessities to temples in need. The temperature along the province’s hilltops have been recorded between 14-18 degrees Celsius.

Phichit province continues to be affected by severe drought as farmers in Tha Lo subdistrict resort to planting parsley, a water-efficient crop with a short harvesting cycle, in order to generate income in a time of water shortages.