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Flood in Fang District of Chiang Mai subsides

CHIANGMAI, 30 September 2014 (NNT) – Following a flash flood in Chiang Mai the situation has returned to normal. However, authorities had to rescue victims of the wide spread deluge in Hunkha District, Chai Nat Province and evaluate the damage that resulted from the storm.

Due to the continuous heavy rain in Chiang Mai during 28th and 29th September, Fang District was affected from flash floods that covered two sub-districts and damaged fifty houses. Tragically three people drowned in the torrent but the flood situation is now reported to have improved late in the day.

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Assemblée générale: sur fond d’appels vibrants au multilatéralisme, le Chef de la diplomatie russe dénonce la polarisation de la scène internationale


Assemblée générale
Soixante-neuvième session
15e & 16e séances plénières
Matin & après-midi

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Military trial of peaceful protesters an “affront to justice”


The conviction of four peaceful protesters by a Thai military court today is an affront to justice and another sign of repression under military rule, Amnesty International said.

The Bangkok Military Court today sentenced four individuals to three months’ imprisonment and 5,000 Bhat (US$150) fines for violating the ban on public gatherings of more than five people, imposed by the military under Martial Law. As the four pleaded guilty, the jail terms are suspended by two years.

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Press briefing notes on Syria and Thailand

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rupert Colville
Location: Geneva
Date: 23 September 2014
Subjects: Syria and Thailand

1) Syria

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Myanmar refugees give back through MCC

By Rachel Sommer

LANCASTER, Pa. – Before Lar Say moved to Lancaster, Pa., in 2010, she lived in a refugee camp in Thailand for more than two decades.

She and her family became refugees when violence forced them, along with many other members of the Karen ethnic group to which they belong, from their homes in Myanmar, the southeast Asian nation also known as Burma.

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Thailand to Allow Foreign Day Laborers Without Passports



CHIANG MAI, Thailand — Thai authorities plan to put a new rule in place allowing foreign migrant laborers without passports to work in border towns of the Kingdom on a day-to-day basis, in an attempt to reduce the number of migrants who travel on to bigger cities for better paying jobs.

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BMA getting prepared for possible flooding

BANGKOK, 18 September 2014 (NNT) - Bangkok Governor M.R.Sukhumbhand Paribatra has instructed the Department of Drainage and Sewerage to develop temporary and permanent measures to prevent flooding in Bangkok during this period.

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The 2014 Rainfall Season: South and East Asia


• The dominant feature of the 2014 season across East Asia so far has been widespread rainfall deficits that led to delayed starts of the growing season across vast areas of the continent.

• Conditions were worst around mid July, followed by a general improvement, which still left moderate rainfall deficits as the predominant pattern. SE Pakistan has been the worst affected area, in particular for livelihoods dependent on rainfed agriculture and pastoral resources.

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Ranong inundated by flash floods

RANONG, 17 September 2014 (NNT) -- Heavy rains which have been battering Ranong for several day have caused inundation in many areas in the city since Wednesday morning.

Authorities have warned that several areas are now impassable as water levels are so high. The province of Ranong has been battered by heavy rains for several days in a row. More than 50 centimeter high water has submerged several communities in the municipal area. Several schools were ordered closed this morning due to the flooding.

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Flooding in Ayutthaya not critical

BANGKOK, 15 September 2014 (NNT) - The water levels in four flood-affected districts in the central province of Ayutthaya have decreased but flood warnings for houses on riverbanks are still in place. The overall flood situation in the province is expected to continuously improve.

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Nongkhaem District Office has set up a Flood Remedy and Prevention Center

THONBURI, 15 September 2014 (NNT) - Nongkhaem District Office has set up a Flood Remedy and Prevention Center to assist local people in the rainy season

The Director of Nongkhaem District, Pibool Vekavakayanont, says that the office has set up a center for flood remedy and possible prevention to support and relieve all the victims of heavy rain, and impassable wetlands in the rainy season. The District office will have the “Best” agents prepared to provide urgent support at any time of day or night.

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In Thailand’s refugee camps, a shift in attitudes towards sexual and reproductive health

MAE SOT, Thailand – Visiting a sexual and reproductive health clinic may seem like an ordinary routine for many women. This is not the case for Saba, a 21-year-old mother who has been living in the Mae La refugee camp along Thailand’s border with Myanmar for the last two years.

Covered in a pink and black headscarf, Saba is paying a visit to one of the camp’s sexual productive health clinics operated by the Planned Parenthood Association of Thailand (PPAT) with the support of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

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2013 Nutrition Survey Report to CCSDPT Health Agencies

*The Committee for Coordination of Services to Displaced Persons in Thailand (CCSDPT) is the coordinating committee for 20 NGOs working in nine refugee camps along the Thailand / Myanmar border.


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Flash Flood in Ban Mai Nai Soi Camp

Heavy rains followed by flash flooding in the early hours of Wednesday 27 August caused significant damage to many sections of Ban Mai Nai Soi camp in Mae Hong Son Province. Homes, NGO and CBO buildings, schools, TBC warehouses, roads and bridges were all affected by the flash flood.

TBC staff immediately visited the camp to support the community, as well as to participate in emergency coordination meetings with KnRC, Thai officials, and UNHCR.

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Drought-affected Yala in need of artificial rains

BANGKOK, 14 September 2014 (NNT) - The southern border province of Yala will ask the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives to conduct artificial rains during this period after it was hit by drought for more than six months.

Nakhon Yala Mayor Phongsak Yingchincharoen said drought affected the province’s tap water production for more than 16,200 people in the Yala municipality district. The municipality now produced tap water by 50% of its capacity since the water level of Pattani river, the main source of water, was very low, said the mayor.

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Flooding in Phichit continues

BANGKOK, 14 September 2014 (NNT) - The flood situation in Phichit is still critical with three districts having been affected by floods so far. The province’s main river Yom continues to overflow.

The three flood-affected districts include Sam Ngam, Pho Prathap Chang and Bueng Narang. 15 houses in Bueng Narang have been submerged by the flood waters from the first two districts. Although the flood water level is not as high as the previous year, it has prevented people from using roads and damaged some farmland.

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Ten years after 2004 Tsunami, successful exercise demonstrates the efficiency of Indian Ocean Warning System

The Tsunami Warning System established under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO in the Indian Ocean following the December 2004 disaster is functioning effectively. This was demonstrated in a simulation exercise conducted on 9 and 10 September 2014, with the participation of 24 countries of the Indian Ocean Rim*.

According to the preliminary results of the simulated alert, all of the participating countries received timely tsunami advisory messages, and no delays were reported.

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Narathiwat sets up Flood and Landslide Prevention Directorate Center for rainy season

NARATHIIWAT, 12 September 2014 (NNT) - Narathiwat has set up a Flood and Landslide Prevention Directorate for the rainy season The Governor of Narathiwat, Nuttapong Sirichana, reveals that the statistics of Narathiwat province, show that rain might be abundant from October to January which could lead to extensive flooding and landslides.