Another few days of chilly weather ahead
As the weather bureau warned yesterday that upper Thailand would suffer from another three or four days of chilly weather, the Doi Phu Kha National Park in Nan was covered with frost and the province's Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office said it would declare another 15 districts as disaster zones.
Park chief Chaiyant Khampor said the frost attracted as many as 300 tourists per day.
Meanwhile, Nan disaster prevention official Srithon Phathong said Thung Chang, Chiang Klang, Chalerm Phrakiat and Bo Klua districts had already been declared disaster zones due to the sharp drop in temperature.
The official added that if the temperature dropped below 15 degrees Celsius in the remaining 15 districts, then they too would be included in the disaster-zone list.
In related news, mahouts at Chiang Mai's Mae Sa Elephant Park built bonfires to keep their 72 elephants warm and also suspended bath time during this cold spell. Chiang Mai Zoo has also implemented warming measures such as keeping heating lamps on for reptiles and birds, piling up straw for deer and bulls and giving blankets to monkeys. However, animals like pandas, who love the cold weather, are being given easy access to the outdoors.