BANGKOK (TIP): Over 120 people have been killed and 1,281 injured in Thailand as thousands began their annual journey to their hometowns to celebrate the three-day water festival of Songkran heralding the Thai New Year.
The water festival, which officially began today, started Friday evening as Thais took trains, planes, cars and bikes to head home to their parents and families, resulting in several road accidents which have so far claimed 121 lives.
Bangkok and the northern town of Chiangmai are favourite destinations of foreign tourists who have come to take part in the festival. Life comes to a standstill in several countries in the region including Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia where the festival is celebrated. Instead of oil, talcum powder mixed in water is used and splashed at people. So far 1,281 injured in traffic accidents. Meanwhile, almost 2,000 policemen are keeping a watch around the backpacker haven of Khaosan and Silom area in downtown where Songkran revellers gather to celebrate.