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Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt urged people to avoid putting money in banana trunks, or Kratong in Thai, because it encourages coin collectors, especially children, to try and retrieve the money every year on Loy Kratong Day which inevitably leads to a drowning tragedy. The Loy Kratong Festival will be held across Thailand tomorrow. Almost every temple located near a river, canal or public park will allow people to float their Kratong or banana tree trunks. It’s a centuries-long tradition. Aside from decorating the trunks with flowers, candles, and incense sticks, money, especially coins, are also added to the trunks. People […]

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while 60 deaths over 5 years is far too many, personally I just don't believe these figures. Last year we know of 3 local children who were drowned in our province alone. 

I don't know why they would understate the figures but only 12 across the whole country average is very hard to believe. 

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