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Twenty provinces in grip of chill weather

With upper Thailand expected to experience chilly weather beyond the New Year holidays and the lower South more rains and strong winds and waves, the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department yesterday reported that 155 districts of 20 provinces had been declared cold spell disaster zones.

Department chief Chatchai Promlert said 6.7 million people were affected by the cold spell that ravaged 20 provinces, including nine in the Northeast, 10 in the North and Ratchaburi's Suan Pheung district. Chatchai also cited a Thai Meteorological Department report that the chilly weather would last until mid-February 2014 and said the department, while tackling the cold spell, was also planning to tackle the drought particularly in the North and Northeast.

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