UN Backs Disaster Resilience Plans for Hotels in Asia and the Pacific
29 July 2015, GENEVA – The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today announced a plan to develop and pilot disaster risk management standards for the hotel industry in Asia and the Pacific, home to 80% of the world’s disaster events.
By Kathleen Newland
Monsoon storms have caused major flash flooding and landslides in parts of Tak and Mae Hong Son provinces in the North, cutting off land routes to many villages.
In tambon Mae Tan of Tak's Tha Song Yang district, heavy rains and strong winds have caused rock slips and landslides along a road linking the district with Mae Hong Son's Mae Sariang district, which temporarily blocked traffic Tuesday.
Since Monday, heavy rains have hit several parts of Mae Hong Son, bringing flash floods to tambon Mae Suad of Sop Moei district in the province.
BANGKOK, 28 July 2015 (NNT)-The Ministry of Interior has said water shortages in Thailand have become less severe thanks to the recent rainfalls.
Interior Minister General Anupong Paojinda said water levels in various dams have gradually increased following weeks of precipitation.
He said the situation will gradually improve as more rain has been predicted for next month. More water will also be released to revive parched farmlands.
The minister added that the career program would remain in place for farmers, in line with the cabinet’s resolution.
Heavy seasonal rainfall on 14-19 Jul caused flooding in Sagaing Region.
On 23 Jul, the Government's Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD) reported that some 70,000 people were affected by the floods in 11 townships, with nine fatalities and over 12,000 houses damaged.
PATTANI — A monk and a soldier were killed and six others were injured when a bomb hidden in a garbage bin went off in Pattani early on Saturday.
Police were alerted of the bombing on the road to the back of the Sai Buri police station in Taluban municipality at 6.30am.
They found eight people injured at the scene. Three of them were members of an army team assigned to protect Buddhist monks. Two of them were monks and the remaining three were local people.
BANGKOK, 23 July 2015 (NNT)-The Royal Thai Army has released a caravan of trucks to deliver bottled water to people affected by water shortages in the North and Northeast of Thailand.
The Royal Thai Army and Siam Cement Group (SCG) have joined hands launching a drought relief campaign to help people suffering from the ongoing drought crisis. 28 large drinking water tanks will be installed in 7 provinces in the North and Northeast under the campaign.
UTTARADIT, 23 July 2015 (NNT) - More than 20 million cubic meters of water has flowed into Sirikit Dam, the biggest volume in recent months.
According to Uttaradit provincial authorities, due to days of heavy rains, a large amount of water has found its way into the dam, increasing the water volume to 32.92 million cubic meters. Currently, 280.6 million cubic meters of water is available for the use of nearby provinces.
Around 11.11 million cubic meters of water is being diverted into communities daily from the dam for consumption purposes.
CHONBURI, 23 July 2015 (NNT) – The Irrigation Office of the eastern province of Chonburi reports that the discharge of water supplies still operates as normal despite a shortfall in raindrops.
The Regional Irrigation Office 9 revealed the amount of rainfalls since the dry season has dropped by eight percent compared to the same period last year. Nevertheless, the irrigation office’s water management plan can be carried out as usual.
Source: Reuters - Fri, 24 Jul 2015 05:33 GMT
By Amy Sawitta Lefevre
BANGKOK, July 24 (Reuters) - Thailand on Friday indicted 72 people suspected of involvement in human trafficking, just days before the United States issues its latest assessment of the country's anti-trafficking efforts next week.
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Rain in upstream provinces has eased supply problems at the Chao Phraya Dam, which has now risen slightly above the 14-metre crisis level for the first time in five weeks.
Note: Rainfall is measured in millimeters here in Thailand and throughout much of the world, but inches is still common in some areas. Basically, one inch of rain is about 25 millimeters. There is a very good converter here: http://www.csgnetwork.com/rainfalldepthconv.html
Recent rain has slightly increased water reserves in the North, the Northeast and the Central Plain and rice farmers in some provinces have taken a chance and begun planting their long delayed main crop.
Heavy rain was reported in Nakhon Ratchasima, Nan, Phetchabun, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Sakon Nakhon, Sukhothai, Tak and Uttaradit provinces over the past few days.
BANGKOK, 22 July 2015 (NNT)-The Prime Minister’s Office is encouraging all Thais to donate money and bottles of water to help those affected by the drought crisis.
Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office M.L. Panadda Disakul said the donations will be delivered to more than 100 centers set up nationwide at the initiative of His Majesty the King to provide water for consumption.
BANGKOK, 22 July 2015 (NNT) - The Ministry of Science and Technology has said that Typhoon Halola, which is moving southern Japan, will not have any impact on Thailand.
According to satellite imagery, skies remain cloudy today in the North and Northeast of Thailand. Rainfall has been recorded throughout the country in the last 24 hours, with the North of Thailand experiencing medium precipitation. In the Northeast, natural water bodies have been replenished due to heavy rain.
BANGKOK, 22 July 2015 (NNT) – The Prime Minister has urged government agencies to reduce their water usage by 10 percent, and disclosed the initial water management plan will focus on the management of water consumption and flood prevention, the DWR chief says.
BANGKOK, 22 July 2015 (NNT) - Director-General of the Department of Water Resources Chatuphon Burutphat has urged Thai people to save water by one liter a day to reserve water for future use.
Source: Reuters - Tue, 21 Jul 2015 09:47 GMT
By Amy Sawitta Lefevre
BANGKOK, July 21 (Reuters) - Drought conditions in Thailand that have threatened the country's rice production and economic growth are over, the deputy head of Thailand's disaster prevention department said on Tuesday.
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From Ebola to the bombing of Gaza, civil society was the first responder to humanitarian emergencies during the last year, but faces dire threats and a funding crisis around the world, says a new report.
“During the last year civil society was everywhere, doing great work often at the frontline of the world’s challenges, but at the same time having to stave off threats to its very existence,” said Dr Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah, the CIVICUS Secretary-General on launching the organisation’s 2015 State of Civil Society Report.