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Coldest weather in decades hits Thailand

The temperature in the Thai capital Bangkok fell to its lowest in decades Thursday, during an unusually cold winter that has already claimed 63 lives in northern parts of the country, the government said.

"Bangkok hit its coldest record in 30 years Thursday morning when the temperature fell to 15.6 Celsius," said Songkram Aksorn, Deputy Director General of the Thai Meteorological Department.

This year’s cool season has been the longest for a decade, lasting for almost three months, Songkram said.

Temperatures in north and north-eastern Thailand have dipped to single digits, claiming up to 63 lives in 24 provinces, the Ministryo f Health said Thursday.

Most of the dead were suffering from diseases that were exacerbated by the cold weather, ministry officials said.

DPA


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