Thai man freezes to death due to cold weather


Bueng Kan — A Thai man froze to death after giving all his blankets to his daughter to keep her warm.

The dead body of 38-year-old Prasarn Homthong was discovered by his eight-year-old daughter on the morning of December 7. According to media reports, Panwira Noipha tried waking his father up but he didn’t respond.

Bueng Kan, a province in the northeast of Thailand, is having low temperatures due to a strong cold front from China. The night that Prasarn died, the temperature was 9 degrees Celcius and he only had three blankets to keep himself warm.

Prasarn’s one-story house was also not fully completed. It didn’t have doors and windows, the report said.

His daughter Noipha told reporters that her father gave all his blankets to her while his father slept on a mat wearing only a long-sleeved shirt and shorts.

When Noipha woke up in the middle of the night, she placed a blanket over her father. She saw her father curled up from the cold, but he was dead by the morning.

Homthong died when his body was unable to adjust to the drop in the temperature, said a medical examiner.

Cold spells often result in cases of hypothermia, flu, and respiratory illnesses.

Back in 2017, a Thai man from Chaiyaphum lost his life after going to sleep with three fans blowing at him. The temperature dropped further that night resulting in hypothermia; a medical emergency that occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature.

Thai weatherman predicted cool weather will continue until late January.

Source: Khaosod | AsiaOne

Chilling temperatures will continue until January, said met department

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