Cold spell hits 22 million people

A total of 39 provinces in the North, Northeast and Central Plains have been hit by a severe cold spell, affecting 22,287,533 people in 6,808,622 households, the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department reported on Wednesday.

Chatchai Promlert, the department’s director-general, said all 39 provinces were declared natural disaster zones to enable provincial officials to use emergency budgets to quickly provide assistance to those who need it.

The 14 northern provinces affected by the cold weather are Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son, Uttaradit, Lampang, Sukhothai, Phrae, Nan, Tak, Phayao, Lamphun, Phitsanulok, Uthai Thani and Petchabun.

The cold spell hit 20 provinces in the Northeast - Loei, Nakhon Phanom, Nong Bua Lamphu, Sakon Nakhon, Chaiyaphum, Kalasin, Nong Khai, Udon Thani, Bung Kan, Si Sa Ket, Yasothon, Ubon Ratchathani, Amnat Charoen, Mahasarakham, Mukdahan, Roi-Et, Surin, Buri Ram, Khon Kaen and Nakhon Ratchasima, said Mr Chatchai.

Suphanburi and Ratchaburi, Kanchanaburi, Nakhon Pathom and Lopburi were the five provinces in the central region being hit by the cold spell, he added.

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Discussion 1 : 06/01/2014 at 12:14 AM
Spending less on " Blue Sky " projects would free up enough money to buy a heater for every one of those households ..................., which, unlike the flimsy blankets would provide warmth permanently.
Discussion 2 : 02/01/2014 at 06:59 AM
It is the same when they announce the building of a new road and put the cost on a big sign: B1,202,193.25 for example. Normally you would just say 1.2 million!
Discussion 3 : 02/01/2014 at 04:45 AM
What a poorly presented article, what was the temperature, the way it is written it appears to have gone down to -42C! This happens every year or so, where is the warm weather gear from last time, I remember reading about the government handing out blankets before. Also if Thailand used something called insulation, it would protect them from the heat and the cold.
Discussion 4 : 01/01/2014 at 08:19 PM
Most of this "cold spell stuff" is made by incompetent bus driver, BTS driver, aircraft pilots etc. They make the people sick be extremely turning up the aircon. I got very sick a few days ago after I used the BTS when the train driver wanted to freeze us into Siberia. This people are so far away of any education in-terms of understanding technology related to what they do with it. It's a real shame and makes thousands of people sick because of one moron.
Discussion 5 : 01/01/2014 at 07:37 PM
Maybe we should ask the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department to give us the numbers for the rice scheme ??
Discussion 6 : 01/01/2014 at 07:21 PM
May be they need to take Global warming a little more seriously.You reap what you sow. They have been burning the bull rushes behind us recently,that cannot help but do the authorities do anything about it NO.The same with the roads when will these people wake up to reality after it is too late and Bangkok is under water.
Discussion 7 : 01/01/2014 at 05:30 PM
Joking and unnecessary political jibes aside, at my house in Kalasin Province it has been as low as 9 degrees at dawn, and that is chilly. Thailand isn't designed for cold weather as there is no heating, in the same way as Europe isn't designed for summer, with little aircon. It's all relative. At an outdoor NY party at our house the locals wore thick coats, hats and scarves. It has warmed up each day to a nice mid-20s though, which is better than the usual mid-30s.
Discussion 8 : 01/01/2014 at 05:18 PM
"affecting 22,287,533 people in 6,808,622 households" How did they get these exact numbers?
Discussion 9 : 01/01/2014 at 05:14 PM
They should be declaring the roads a disaster zone.Hundreds of people are dying there each week.But no, lets be concerned that some people have to put on a jumper and an extra blanket at night...
Discussion 10 : 01/01/2014 at 04:53 PM
Cold spell. What a joke. Just another way for the government to win votes. I guess soon the money will start flowing into all the Red Shirts hands in the North.
Discussion 11 : 01/01/2014 at 04:42 PM
The figure should read 22,287,534 as I spent New Year in Chaiyapum.
Discussion 12 : 01/01/2014 at 04:29 PM
On this basis England during an average summer would be a permanent disaster zone 555

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