Friday, January 16, 2009

Cold wave grips parts of Burma

By Ko Wine

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – The weather is getting cold these days and in some States and Divisions, it is colder than previous years, local people said.

In Myitkyina in Kachin State, the northern tip of Burma, Loi Lem in Shan State, eastern Burma, some cities in southeastern parts, Mogoke and Pyinmana in central Burma are significantly colder, it is learnt.

"It is extremely cold this year. Even those who like cold weather cannot bear it," a resident from Myitkyina said.

"It's much colder than previous years, especially these days. The more the sunrises the colder it gets. We cannot take off the warm clothes all day. But so far, we do not yet heard of any deaths related to the cold wave," he added.

In Mogoke, Mandalay Division, local residents said that it's getting cold day by day and it is colder than previous years.

Similarly in Shan State, Loi Lem, the temperature dipped to sub-zero level on some days and is getting colder, a resident from Mogoke who has regular contact with residents from Loi Lem said.

In Pyinmana-Naypyitaw in Mandalay Division, the weather is extremely cold until noon and local residents forced to put on thick woolen blankets as ordinary blankets cannot keep them warm, a government employee from Naypyitaw told Mizzima.

It is learnt that Tachileik, Mae Sai, Myawaadi, Mae Sot on the Thai-Burma border are also having similar weather conditions.

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