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61 Died from Heatstroke in Thailand So Far in 2024

Fri 10 May 2024 | 11:21 AM
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Scorching hot weather has killed 61 people in Thailand so far in 2024, more than in all of 2023, the health ministry said on Friday.

A wave of exceptionally hot weather blasted Thailand in the past weeks, prompting authorities to issue warnings about scorching hot weather on a near-daily basis.

The Health Ministry added that 61 people have died from heatstroke since the beginning of 2024, compared with 37 in the whole of 2023.

Thailand’s north-east – the agricultural heartland – saw the highest number of deaths, the ministry continued.

Scientists have long warned that human-induced climate change will produce more frequent, longer, and more intense heat waves.

While the El Nino phenomenon is helping drive 2024’s exceptionally warm weather, Asia is also warming faster than the global average, according to the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organisation.

Apichart Vachiraphan, deputy of Thailand’s Department of Disease Control, warned people with underlying medical conditions to limit their time outdoors.

In 2024, Thailand experienced a delay in its monsoon season, with sweltering hot weather lasting longer than normal. 

Storms have hit parts of the country this week, lowering temperatures but bringing warnings from the authorities of potential flash flooding.

In April, Thailand recorded a temperature of 44.2°C recorded in the northern province of Lampang – just shy of the all-time national record of 44.6°C hit in 2023.