Thailand temperatures are coldest in a decade
Thais are donning scarves, farmers are scrambling to save their rice crops and snakes are freezing to death.
That is all because temperatures in this normally balmy country have dipped to their coldest in a decade.
The country has been gripped in a cold spell that blew down from China earlier this month and is likely to last until February, the Thai Meteorological Department said Saturday.
Chukiat Thaijaratsathian, an official in the department's forecasting office, said temperatures in the country's capital fell to a low of 14.7 degree Celsius (58.5 Fahrenheit) on Jan. 11 - the coldest in a decade. They have even been colder in the country's mountainous northeast, reaching 4.2 degree Celsius (39.5 degree Fahrenheit) in Nakhon Phanom province.
"We have not had this kind of a cold spell in Thailand for many years," Chukiat said. "Seven of our weather stations around the country have recorded the lowest temperature in 10 years."
At least two people have died from exposure to the cold, according to The Bangkok Post. A 71-year-old monk was found dead Sunday in Phak Hai district of Ayutthaya, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of the capital. An 82-year-old man also was found dead in his apartment in Rayong province, in the east of Thailand. It was unclear when he died.
For most Thais, the cold spell has meant having to don scarves and, in some cases, gloves for the chilly commute to work. Villagers have taken to lighting outdoor fires at night to keep warm - resulting in at least 10 people suffering burns when the fell asleep next to the flames.
The country's agriculture has been hit especially hard by the cold weather.
As much as 150,000 rai (24,000 hectares; 59,304 acres) has been damaged by the cold, according to The Bangkok Post. Another 200,000 rai (32,000 hectares; 79,000 acres) of tobacco plantations also were damaged, the newspaper said.
Snake farmers in parts of the country have complained their slithery reptiles are dying from exposure, the newspaper said, while fish farmers in the country's south said their sea bass were dying off.
Even the wild animals are having a rough time.
The Elephant Hospital in Lampang is watching at least eight ailing pachyderms who have fallen sick because of the freezing conditions. Monkeys in the country's south have abandoned their homes in the Bantad mountain in favor of a local hot spring in a bid to keep warm.
We receive wonderfully knitted squares made with thought and passion. A big thank you to all those busy knitting.
Furthermore we would like to thank the companies who generously support this project.
The BNH Team went up to Umphang to deliver your beautiful blankets to the students at Umphangwitthayakom School and were amazed by the heartfelt welcome they received.
Please be a little bit patient as we have to select some pictures out of the thousands taken.
But we would like to express our gratitude to all the sponsors who supported this project and made it the success it is.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr David Grant from East-West Logistics Co., Ltd. to bring the blankets up to those in need.
We will upload pictures and a travel report as soon as possible.
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With their help the thousands of squares become blankets.
The first blankets are finished.
In night-work Sister Louise and her team from the Fatima Center completed the first blankets.
They look fantastic, warm and cosy.
Thank you very much!
Mamma Mia Magical Knitting Mania!
On the 11th August the smash hit musical ‘Mamma Mia’, which is based on the songs of ABBA, opened at the Muangthai Rachadalai Theatre,
But what does the Mamma Mia Musical have to do with the BNH “Let’s Knit” Blog?
Well - Angela, a huge Mamma Mia fan, went to see the show with a group of British Club members on the 12th August. She talked beforehand that she would try to persuade the cast to do some knitting for the project. To be honest, we didn’t really believe she would be able to approach the cast but the next morning when she arrived at work she was full of excitement and we were all stunned when she told us she had managed to speak to Jackie Clune (the actress who plays Donna Sheridan) about the project.
The next day Jackie called Angela and said she had spoken to the team and they were excited about knitting a Mamma Mia blanket! She ordered 25 knitting kits and asked us to deliver them to their hotel as soon as possible so they could start knitting straight away.
Angela went to see the show for a second time a few days later, with friends visiting from
The Gingerbread House is on its way
On the 12th of August the Gingerbread House left Bristol on the Savannah Express for Bangkok.
DB Schenker England organised the outbound very smoothly and extremely quick.
A huge THANK YOU to Bryony Fordham and Wiktor Lapinski at DB Schenker for their support and the sponsorship of the freight.
www.Marinetraffic.com is a website where the route of the Savannah Express can be followed.
These are the squares Triumph Thailand has knitted already to support the 'BNH Let's Knit' project.
A huge thank you for your involvement.
On the 27th June the Canadian community in Bangkok celebrated Canda's 142nd birthday at the British Club.
And as every year BNH Hospital participated and the Community Relations Staff organised a children's painting activity, which proved to be very amazingly popular.
It was a great opportunity to promote the BNH Let's Knit project. We invited party guests to participate and knit some squares for the needy.
Let's Knit Starter Kit's were available for only 200 baht to those who were very keen (thank you for your support).