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1,252 Migrant workers have registered at the Surin One Stop Service

SURIN, 2 September 2014 (NNT) - 1,837 Migrant workers have registered at the Surin One Stop Service since it opened on August 4th up to September 1st 2014.

The Surin Employment Authority has stated that since the opening of the Surin One Stop Service for migrant workers, laborers from Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia have been coming in droves. A total of 704 workers have applied for legal documents as hired migrant workers.

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Heavy rains flood municipal area in Phayao

PHAYAO, 2 September, 2014 (NNT) - Heavy rain in Phayao province has caused the municipal area to be submerged in water while strong winds have blown down trees blocking traffic in many roads.

Storm has brought along gusty winds and heavy downpour in Phayao province causing many main roads to be flooded particularly at bus terminals in Wieng sub-district, Muang Phayao district, where water was measured at 30 centimeters deep.

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Flash floods destroy more than 300 homes in Chaiyaphum

CHAIYAPHUM, 3 September 2014 (NNT) – Rainfall runoff from the Phang Hoei Mountain Range in Chaiyaphum province has flooded more than 300 houses along the banks of the Chi River.

The floods have destroyed several check dams in the Lam Chiang Tha Reservoir, causing the Chi River’s water levels to rise by 2-3 meters and overflow.

More than 5,000 rai of agricultural land in the Khok Sa-at and Nong Bua Rawae subdistricts have been affected as a result.

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Two Districts in Pitsanulok affected by flash floods

PHITSANULOK, 2 September 2014 (NNT) - Mr. Boonying Koomsupam, from the Pitsanulok Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, has announced that two districts in Phitsanulok have been seriously affected by the flash floods caused by heavy rainfall. Villages, rice paddies and corn farms were damaged. Baan Romklao in Chompoo Sub-district, Neun Maprang District, has been dealing with floods of over 50 centimeters, making it impossible for small cars to proceed.

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DDPM: Floods ease in 15 provinces across Thailand

BANGKOK, 2 September 2014 (NNT) – The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department made known that the floods in 18 provinces throughout the country have eased but more storms and flash floods are still expected in many parts of Thailand.

The department said a low pressure cell over the lower parts of the north has brought heavy rains to many provinces. 18 provinces nationwide such as Mae Hong Son, Sukhothai, and Chiang Mai have been hit hard by the floods, which have killed 7 people and affected more than 8,000 households.

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Flooded areas in Phichit province expand

PHICHIT, 1 September 2014 (NNT) - Reports indicate that the floodwaters in Phichit province’s Thapklor Municipality area have continued to spread to other areas as a result of forest run-off from the Phetchabun mountain range.

The water level is currently 20-30 centimeters deep along the Khao Sai-Taphan Hin Road near the municipality area, making it dangerous for small vehicles to pass. Commuters are encouraged to take alternative routes to gain access to the municipality.

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World + 66 others
CrisisWatch N°133 - 1 September 2014

The fight for control of Libya between the Misrata-led Islamist-leaning coalition and the Zintan-led forces is escalating by the day. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in over six weeks of clashes and heavy artillery fire. The Misrata side emerged victorious in the battle over Tripoli’s international airport, taking control of the capital, and made advances around Benghazi, but the larger political divide remains unresolved.

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Thailand + 7 others
Two Years with No Moon: Immigration Detention of Children in Thailand

A new report details how Thailand’s use of immigration detention violates children’s rights, risks their health and wellbeing, and imperils their development.

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Flooding in 14 provinces has been reduced

BANGKOK, 1 September 2014 (NTT) - Flooding in 14 provinces has been mitigated

Department chief, MR. Chaichai Promlert, said today that due to the heavy rain in many areas, seventeen provinces of Thailand have been hit by flood waters and 8,051 households have been impacted by the deluge that has led to 6 deaths.

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Flood risk Hospitals prepared for the emergency

BANGKOK, 1 September 2014 (NNT) - The announcement of a severe flood risk resulting from heavy rain, was immediately acted upon by hospitals preparing for an emergency

The Permanent Secretary for Public Health Dr. Narong Sahametapat said that after the announcement by the Meteorological Department, that twenty risk-prone provinces should be prepared for floods, PH had instructed seventy nine hospitals in the areas at risk to prepare themselves in case of any emergency. The hospitals are in a position to provide their services to any victims at any time.

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Thailand + 1 other
Trapped Burmese migrant workers strike in Chiang Mai

Burmese migrant workers are on strike in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai. They say they are being held in bonded labour, and that their employer is holding their passports, forcing them to work for as little as 270 Thai baht (US$8) per day. That is half of Thailand’s legal minimum wage.

The striking workers say they are often not paid for months on end, despite them being due their wage on a fortnightly basis.

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Thailand + 1 other
The Tide Is Turning for Burmese in Thailand, But Which Way?

Thailand’s migration and refugee policies have shifted since the military’s coup d’état in May. The Thai junta has initiated a policy of labor reforms, including a crackdown on undocumented migrant workers to allegedly combat corruption and human trafficking.

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Thailand contributes humanitarian assistance to UN Flash Appeal for Gaza

While Thailand welcomes the announcement of an open-ended ceasefire for Gaza, brokered under Egyptian auspices, Thailand shares the international community’s profound concern over the devastating impact of the conflict on innocent civilians, especially women and children, in the past two months.

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Cambodia + 1 other
"Third wave" of malaria resistance lurks on Thai-Cambodia border


PHNOM PENH, 29 August 2014 (IRIN) - Public health experts and scientists warn history's third major bout of drug-resistant malaria could spread across Asia to Africa unless "radical action" is taken. Artemisinin-resistant strains on the Thailand-Cambodia border threaten the treatment's efficacy and pose containment challenges.


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PM tasks military with assisting flood-affected residents

BANGKOK, 28 August 2014 (NNT) – Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has expressed concerns over the risk of flooding in the country during this period and instructed military units to be ready to lend a hand to those affected.

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Court Ruling Furthers Impunity

Stymies Victims’ Right to Redress for 2010 Violence

(New York, August 29, 2014) – A Bangkok criminal court’s dismissal of charges against former Thai leaders for their role in the violent crackdown on protesters in May 2010 is a serious setback for accountability efforts in Thailand, Human Rights Watch said today.

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Myanmar + 1 other
Tenasserim to allot land for refugees, officials say

Government officials of Tenasserim Division [Tanintharyi Region] claimed that refugees residing in a camp in Thailand would soon be able to return to Burma as they are scouting for land for their resettlement.

The camp in question is Tham Hin, located in Thailand’s Ratchaburi province bordering Burma, which houses about 6,000 refugees. Karen Ethnic Affairs Minister Saw Harry visited the camp and said that 75 percent of the refugees wish to return home, so the divisional government is now looking for plots of land in Tenasserim Division to accommodate them.

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Floods in three provinces across Thailand ease

BANGKOK, 26 August 2014 (NNT) – The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) made known that the flood situation in 3 provinces across the country has eased, with water levels continuing to decline.

Due to widespread heavy rains and thunderstorms, Chiang Rai, Surat Thani, and Phuket province have been hit by waves of floods. In Chiang Rai, the situation has returned to normal after forest runoffs earlier submerged villages in Wiang Papao District.

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Their Majesties offer aid to northeastern flood victims

BANGKOK, 22 August 2014 (NNT) – Their Majesties the King and Queen have provided assistance to flood victims in Ubon Ratchathani after the northeastern province had been hit with heavy rains and landslides.

Provincial authorities have been instructed by Their Majesties to offer financial aid to a number of local households affected by the recent natural disasters. 500 relief packages have also been given to locals in the province.

Mobile medical units have provided free medical check-ups and dental services to residents living in the area.

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Relentless rain triggers flooding in Suratthani, Buriram

BURIRAM, 27 August 2014 (NNT) – Several provinces are once again facing the problems of inundation after relentless rain over the past few days.

In Satuk District in Buriram, floodwater rose to a height of 40 centimeters. At least one rice mill there has suffered damage; about 10 tons of rice has turned bad. Many roads in the district were also flooded. Much of the flooding has lifted by the end of Tuesday.