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22 May 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Targeting of Army Medical Facility Horrific, Inexcusable

(New York, May 22, 2017) – The detonation of a pipe bomb at an army-run hospital in Bangkok that also treats civilians is an unjustifiable act of lawlessness, Human Rights Watch said today. The bomb exploded at about 10 a.m. on May 22, 2017, in the dispensary waiting room of Phra Mongkutklao Hospital, injuring at least 24 people – three critically.

22 May 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

Note by the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General has the honour to transmit to the General Assembly the report of the Director-General of the World Health Organization, submitted in accordance with General Assembly resolution 70/300.

Report of the Director-General of the World Health Organization on consolidating gains and accelerating efforts to control and eliminate malaria in developing countries, particularly in Africa, by 2030

Summary

22 May 2017 description
  • Heavy rain has been affecting several northern provinces over the past week, causing floods.

  • According to local media, as of 22 May at 7.00 UTC, 2 000 people were evacuated in Uttaradit province and 800 houses were damaged in the province of Kamphaeng Phet.

  • Over the next 24 h, moderate to locally heavy rain is forecast for the northern and northeast areas of the country. The National Disaster Warning Center has warned the population about the risk of flash floods in the eastern and southern provinces.

22 May 2017 description
report Bangkok Post

Heaviest downpour in 15 years in Sukhothai

The heaviest floods in 15 years have forced the closure of several businesses in the commercial heart of Khiri Mat district in Sukhothai.

Despite the flood, the irrigation agency has dismissed a chance of the country facing a repeat of the 2011 flood crisis.

Shops and businesses in the downtown municipality were closed as floodwaters rose rapidly on Sunday.

22 May 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Empty promises to respect rights, restore democracy

(New York) – Thailand’s junta has failed to fulfill pledges to respect human rights and restore democratic rule three years after the military coup, Human Rights Watch said today. The ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), led by Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, has instead prolonged its crackdown on basic rights and freedoms, and devised a quasi-democratic system that the military can manipulate and control.

21 May 2017 description

BANGKOK, 18 May 2017 (NNT) – Health care units in flood-risk areas are to prepare action plans in order to minimize disruptions and ensure serviceability.

The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has instructed officials attached to health care units to get readied for flooding as two provincial hospitals and their medical instruments have been reportedly affected by flooding, forcing transfers of some patients to other hospitals.

21 May 2017 description

BANGKOK, 18th May 2017 (NNT) - Several provinces have experienced both damage and blessings following days of heavy rain.

In the northern province of Nan, municipal workers are speeding up the dredging of canals in response to thundershowers that triggered flooding in the city center this week. Water pumps have been installed at inundated areas to quicken the floodwater removal.

19 May 2017 description
  • 70.8 M required for 2017
  • 9.5 M contributions received, representing 13% of requirements
  • 61.3 M funding gap for the Myanmar Situation

All figures are displayed in USD

18 May 2017 description
  • Heavy rain has been affecting northern provinces of the country over the past few days, causing flash floods.

  • According to local media, as of 18 May at 7.00 UTC, 50 people were evacuated from a hospital in Kamphaeng Phet province and 200 households were flooded in Nam Phi province.

  • Over the next 24 h, heavy to very heavy rain is forecast for northeastern and eastern parts of the country. The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, as of 18 May at 7.00 UTC, warned the population about the risk of flash floods and landslides.

18 May 2017 description
report Bangkok Post

Met issues warning of further heavy downpours

Several northern provinces have been hit by flash floods following persistent heavy rain with the Meteorological Department warning that downpours will continue until today.

In Uttaradit, mountain run-off triggered by torrential downpours caused the Phi and Pladuk creeks in tambon Nam Phi of Thong Saen Khan district to overflow yesterday.

Floods submerged scores of villages in tambon Nam Phi with more than 200 households affected.

17 May 2017 description

Bangkok is home to roughly 8,000 urban refugees and asylum seekers, primarily originating from Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. As a non-signatory of the 1951 Geneva convention and the 1967 protocol, Thailand, with strict anti-immigration laws and government checkpoints, has become a harsh environment for the refugees and asylum-seekers, as they relentlessly face fears of detention and have no means of supporting themselves through employment.

16 May 2017 description

The international standards and principles of UNHCR’s protection and assistance related to voluntary repatriation are:

Voluntariness: The UNHCR protection counseling must confirm the voluntariness of a decision to return. A UNHCR Voluntary Repatriation Form (VRF) will be used.

15 May 2017 description

Facts & Figures EU humanitarian aid *:

Myanmar/Burma 2010-2017: Over € 76.5 million
Bangladesh 2007-2017: Close to € 35 million
Thailand and Indonesia: Since 2013: Over € 1.1 million

Total funding Over € 112 million

  • The figures refer to European Commission humanitarian aid only, and do not include contributions by EU Member States.

Key messages

15 May 2017 description

2016 worst year for civilian deaths from explosive violence recorded in the last six years.

Since 2011, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) has been recording the global impact of explosive violence as reported in English language media.

In 2016, AOAV recorded 45,624 deaths and injuries from the use of explosive weapons around the world. As with previous years, civilians bore the burden of this explosive violence. Of those harmed, 70% were reported to be civilians – 32,088.

15 May 2017 description
  • 132.3 M required for 2017
  • 21 M contributions received, representing 16% of requirements
  • 111.3 M funding gap for South East Asia

All figures are displayed in USD

12 May 2017 description
report The Irrawaddy

By TIN HTET PAING 11 May 2017

RANGOON — Refugees from Burma who were repatriated from Thailand to commercial capital Rangoon late last year have settled into their housing arrangements on the outskirts of the city and are urging the government to consider the schooling arrangements of refugees’ children in planning future repatriations.

10 May 2017 description

Six months after they repatriated from Thailand, a returnee family reflects on the life they left behind and embraces their future in Myanmar.

By: Vivian Tan

YANGON, Myanmar – When Thant Zin Maung decided to return home last October, he told his boys to play their hearts out.

“Play as much as you can, because once you’re back you can’t play as much,” he said sadly, as they packed up their belongings in Thailand’s Nupo refugee camp, where the family lived for over 10 years.