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Public Advised to Stay Indoors During Extreme Heat in Northern Thailand

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CHIANG RAI – Thailand’s Ministry of Health has advised people to stay indoors if possible as Northern Thailand is experiencing immense heat during this summer period. Workers or persons required to engage in outdoor activities are advised to take special care of their health, while potential thunderstorms in some areas may cause harm from strong winds.

The Meteorological Department has announced a low pressure system from the high temperature is prevailing over the upper parts of Thailand, causing immense heat between 39-44 degree Celsius in the northern, northeastern, central, and eastern regions, with the possibility of thunderstorms.

The general public in affected areas is advised to take extra care of their health from the intense heat by refraining from being outdoors during the day, and being cautious of potential harm from strong winds during thunderstorms by avoiding being close to large trees or structurally unsound buildings and billboards which may collapse in the wind.

Bangkok and neighboring provinces are also contending with immense heat with the temperature reaching 40 degrees Celsius, while the southern region currently has thunderstorms in 10% of the area.

Since the summer thunderstorm which hit Uthai Thani province causing damage to some 70 houses in Huai Khot district, with most having their roofs blown off by the wind, military personnel and volunteers from the 2nd Infantry Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment have been providing assistance to affected persons, providing repairs first to houses severely affected requiring their owners to live elsewhere.

The military will continue to provide assistance along with administrative sectors until all houses can again be occupied and all victims can return to their houses once again.