Songkran death toll in Thailand climbs to 206

By Hoang Vu   April 16, 2024 | 11:17 pm PT
Songkran death toll in Thailand climbs to 206
Tourists play with water guns as they celebrate the Songkran holiday which marks the Thai New Year in Bangkok, Thailand, April 13, 2023. Photo by Reuters
Road accidents have claimed 206 lives, including that of many tourists, on the first five days of Songkran, the Thai New Year celebrations that began on April 11.

The number was up from 200 last year though the number of accidents declined by 10.4%, Public Health Minister Cholnan Srikaew was quoted as saying by Bangkok Post.

The capital Bangkok and Chiang Rai Province reported the most fatalities, 13 each.

With the celebrations coming to an end and revelers returning to work in Bangkok and other key cities, authorities have assigned police and civilian volunteers to monitor Bangkok-bound highways to reduce the number of road accidents, according to Nation Thailand.

Despite its popularity, Songkran was dubbed the "seven dangerous days" by authorities a decade or so ago to highlight the dangers on the roads during celebrations.

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