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Fourteen dead as cold snap hits Thailand

Thai villagers wearing long sleeves prepare food at a small community in Bangkok, Thailand on Tuesday. Thailand as well as many regions in Asia are experiencing unusual cold weather as a cold wave from China continues to move south. Thai weather experts foresee further weather changes warning citizens to brace for a longer winter and for temperatures to keep dropping. EPA/Narong Sangnak

Thai villagers wearing long sleeves prepare food at a small community in Bangkok, Thailand on Tuesday. Thailand as well as many regions in Asia are experiencing unusual cold weather as a cold wave from China continues to move south. Thai weather experts foresee further weather changes warning citizens to brace for a longer winter and for temperatures to keep dropping. EPA/Narong Sangnak

Bangkok [EFE]

At least 14 people have died in Thailand as cold weather grips the country.

The deaths were caused either by exposure or respiratory illnesses, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) said.

A cold front has swept through Thailand, sending temperatures below 5C in some areas.

In northern Nan province, which typically has hot and dry winters with temperatures near 37C, the mercury fell below 10C on Wednesday.

The unusual temperatures have been attributed by experts to a cold wave coming from China.

A high-pressure front has also caused flooding and storm surges in Thailand’s south with more than 3000 households affected, according to the DDPM.

 

 


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