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Thailand to Allow Foreign Day Laborers Without Passports

Report
Irrawaddy

By SAW YAN NAING / THE IRRAWADDY|

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

Highlights

• 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.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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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.

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Flash Flooding and Landslides Cause Fatalities and Widespread Damage to Refugee Camps on Thai-Myanmar Border

Unprecedented heavy rain in the past days resulted in flash flooding in Ban Mai Nai Soi and Ban Mai Surin refugee camps on the Thai-Myanmar border which are home to 11,800 and 2,900 refugees respectively. This resulted in the deaths of two refugees as well as considerable structural damage in the camp affecting almost 700 refugees in total, several landslides, and considerable damage to six Thai villages in the surrounding area.

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Neighbors on Alert as China Releases Deluge of Water from Mekong Dam

Report
Radio Free Asia

Huge volumes of water being discharged from a hydropower dam on the Mekong River in southern China’s Yunnan province have placed the country’s downstream neighbors on high alert amid concerns over possible flash floods.

Officials in Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia are closely monitoring levels of the Southeast Asian artery after being informed by Beijing that the 1,750-megawatt Jinghong dam will need to release a huge volume of water downstream from Sept. 5-30 due to heavy rain upstream.

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DDPM summarizes Thailand's flood situation: 25 provinces recover while 4 still affected

BANGKOK, 10 September 2014 (NNT) -- Mr. Chatchai Promlert, Director General of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), has confirmed that many parts of Thailand have been experiencing heavy rain due to the depression in the north and the southwest monsoon. On August 26th, 2014, twenty-nine provinces were affected by floods. Of these, twenty-five have recently been recovered. However, the remaining four provinces: Sukhothai, Phichit, Nakhon Sawan, and Phitsanulok, encompassing fourteen districts, seventy-two sub-districts, and 362 villages are still affected.

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5 districts in Phichit severely flooded

BANGKOK, 11 September 2014 (NNT) - Five districts in Phichit province have been declared disaster zones after they were hard hit by floods. Phichit Governor Surachai Khan-asa expressed confidence that the flooding situation in the five districts will improve if no more rain falls.

The five districts include Mueang, Dong Charoen, Pho Prathap Chang, Sam Ngam and Thap Khlo. After the flood waters dried up, the province would lay out plans on water retention since many areas in the eastern part of Nan river still lacked water for rice cultivation, said the governor.

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Asia-Pacific Humanitarian Bulletin January - June 2014

The first six months of 2014 saw the most intense and highest number of storms in Asia and the Pacific compared to the same period over the last five years. Over 31 million people were affected by 58 natural disasters.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.