Lamphun, Mae Hong Son declared disaster areas as Mercury drops

national January 14, 2013 00:00

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The Governor of the northern province of Lamphun on Monday declared a cold spell disaster zone in all eight districts as temperatures continued to drop.

The cold spell that has hit Lamphun and Mae Hong Son provinces has affected tens of thousands of people.

Lamphun Governor Pinit Haipanit said the temperature has again dropped and that the weather this year is colder than in previous years.
Disaster zones were declared in all eight districts, the governor said. They are Muang, Pa Sang, Ban Hong, Mae Tha, Li, Thung Hua Chang, Ban Thi and Wieng Nong Long. At least 80,000 households in the province have been affected by the cold spell.
Rajprachanukroe Foundation distributed more than 800 blankets to people in Pa Sang district last week and the Thai Red Cross Society will on Thursday distribute sweaters and blankets to affected people in Li and Thung Hua Chang districts.
The governor said the Lamphun Administrative Organisation had already distributed about 13,000 blankets to affected people.
Meanwhile Sawang Momdee, chief of Mae Hong Son’s rescue centre said four districts have been declared cold spell disaster zones since last week, after the temperature dropped below 15 degrees Celsius for three consecutive days.
The affected districts were Muang, Pang Mapha and Pai. People in seven districts have asked for a total of 67,032 blankets and sweaters. Over the past few days, about 24,000 people have already received clothes to keep warm during the cold spell, he said. 
In the northeastern province of Kalasin, meanwhile, public health chief Dr Pisit Uawongkul, said the temperature at night was between 13 and 15 degrees Celsius though it would fall below that in the mountainous areas. People were lighting small fire to keep themselves warm. He warned residents to be careful about burns and developing dry skin, especially children and elder people.
In Tak, a Myanmar worker; Sor Tan Mong, 31, was found dead in his rented house in Mae Sot district. An initial examination indicated he had been dead for about three hours.
One of his neighbours said that Sor Tan Mong suffered from tuberculosis disease and it was thus likely that his condition had become worse during the cold weather. 

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