Severe cold spell hammers 36 provinces

A cold spell has hit most provinces in the northern and northeastern regions with more than 6 million people in particular battling the harsh weather conditions, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said on Sunday.

Thirty-six provinces have been declared as cold disaster zones, including Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son, Uttaradit, Lampang, Phrae, Nan, Tak, Phayao, Phetchabun, Phitsanulok, Lamphun and Uthai Thani in the North.

Nakhon Phanom, Nong Bua Lamphu, Sakon Nakhon, Chaiyaphum, Kalasin, Nong Khai, Si Sa Ket, Bung Kan, Yasothon, Udon Thani, Ubon Ratchathani, Amnat Charoen, Maha Sarakham, Mukdahan, Roi Et, Surin, Buri Ram, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima in the  Northeast are in the zones.

Ratchaburi, Suphan Buri, and Kanchanaburi in the central region complete the list.

The government has delivered 293,415 relief supply packs to more than 20.9 million households in 36 provinces across the nation hit by the severe cold spell, the department said.

Department chief Chatchai Promlert said more than six million people living in 39,174 tambons in 3,281 districts are badly affected by the cold weather. 

Supplies include 203,779 blankets, 83,500 jackets and 6,136 sets of woollen hats, gloves and socks, he said. Local authorities are tasked with distributing the items.

Mr Chatchai said the department has deployed officials at help centres in various provinces to provide assistance to those affected by the cold weather.

He urged the public to be cautious in regards to fire safety due to the dry conditions and take road safety precautions because of heavy fogs.

Temperatures in most areas in Thailand except the southern provinces are below 20 degrees Celsius, with some areas experiencing single-digit figures, notably around mountainous regions.

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Discussion 1 : 30/12/2013 at 04:34 PM
a free blanket is worth a few baht
Discussion 2 : 30/12/2013 at 11:13 AM
The fact of changing weather patterns is one thing. In contention is the cause. Natural cycles? Influence of man? And if it is the influence of man, what can man do to "tweak" the climate to his own liking? Ice ages occurred long before man had any possible influence on the climate/weather, and one volcanic eruption throws volumes of pollution, Nature has a great capacity of self correction.
Discussion 3 : 30/12/2013 at 10:03 AM
I think you will find that the theory of global warming does include more extreme weather and temperature variations. Not that I am a believer in Global Warming myself. However I was in Sydney for Christmas two years ago and it was a lovely warm day in the middle of summer. It doesn't snow in Sydney and I have lived there in the winter. The temperature in Chiang Rai in winter is lower than that in Sydney where winter is June/July.
Discussion 4 : 30/12/2013 at 05:53 AM
Rare, enviable spring weather, which occurs only a few times during the spring season where I come from, is called a disaster here. Moreover, these temperatures are ANOTHER blow in the face of "consensus" of the global warming crazies! Year after year after year after year we have had ever colder winters all across the Northern hemisphere, and I recall that 2 years ago it had snowed in Sydney on Christmas Day, which is in the middle of summer there. Still we are required to pay carbon tax in the EUSSR!
Discussion 5 : 30/12/2013 at 01:36 AM
Well, I am in Canada where it has been down to -32℃ this holiday with wind chill below -50℃. I am returning to Thailand next week to warm up, in my unheated house in Chiang Rai.
Discussion 6 : 30/12/2013 at 01:14 AM
Has the government run public service TV and radio spots teaching people that multiple layers of clothing (even thin clothing) is very good to insulate and stay warm? 3 T shirts, and 2 sweatshirts, pajama pants under jeans and 2-3 cotton socks was adequate in sub 0 C temps. A little education can go a long way. Lets face it,, the people in cold provinces aren't exactly at K2 base-camp
Discussion 7 : 30/12/2013 at 12:30 AM
Yep the PTP to the rescue.. I'm just not sure how 293,400 packages got supplied to 20 million households. Did they send them out before the cold snap even happened. The disaster was decided by the government, Too bad it all looks like more vote buying. They sure didn't really jump on the flooding assistance this year. They were not afraid of an election looming..
Discussion 8 : 29/12/2013 at 11:03 PM
One wonders what happened to the blankets, etc., they gave out last year, and the year before, and the year before, etc. You would think that they have never had to do this before.
Discussion 9 : 29/12/2013 at 08:20 PM
I was at the Chiang Mai Zoo in August and visited the Snow Globe. Cold, like Alaska they said. I lived in Alaska for 20 years. I was required to wear a winter jacket but my shorts and sandals were ok. Inside the Globe I had to unzip the jacket because i was too warm. My point is, cold is relative. For Thais mid 50's or 60's F is very cold. What most people don't realize is houses in Thailand have no heat. Most houses are not very well insulated. Me, i would prefer 50's or 60's at nite and 80's F during the day. For Thai, this is cold, winter time.
Discussion 10 : 29/12/2013 at 07:50 PM
A clay flower pot can generate a lot of heat with just a candle under it. Turn the pot upside down, plug hole with a big bolt and nut. Put a candle under pot to heat bolt. See internet for diys candle/pot heater.
Discussion 11 : 29/12/2013 at 06:42 PM
I am sorry for those suffering but must add that this is an annual situation. It is winter and winter is cold. It happens every year at this time. I find it hard to believe that Thai's think that winter only takes place every 10 or 15 years.
Discussion 12 : 29/12/2013 at 05:32 PM
Good to see the machinery of Government still functioning and assisting people in need of help.
Discussion 13 : 29/12/2013 at 05:29 PM
when i lived in Bangkok, the motor bike taxis would light fires in drums when it hit 20 degrees at night, come on guys it hasn't even snowed!!!!

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