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18 Dec 2014 description

SAKON NAKHON, 18 December 2014 (NNT) – Cold weather still lingers over the North and Northeast, while the South is still being battered by heavy rain.

In Sakon Nakhon, the temperature has dropped to below 15 degrees Celsius for several consecutive days. This has contributed to an increase in the number of patients getting treated for respiratory tract illnesses. Medical officials said the elderly and children aged less than five are especially vulnerable. In Phrae's Mueng district, an 82-year-old man died from heart failure as he was sleeping through the cold weather.

16 Dec 2014 description

BANGKOK, 16 December 2014 (NNT) – Provinces in the North will remain cold throughout this week, whereas the southern provinces will continue to experience heavy raining, according to the Meteorological Department.

The weather bureau on Monday issued an announcement stating that the temperature in upper Thailand will drop by another 3-5 degrees Celsius due to influence from a high pressure area that continues to prevail over the region. This situation is expected to continue until Friday.

11 Dec 2014 description

BANGKOK, 11 December 2014 (NNT) - The Interior Ministry has declared three provinces in the upper part of Thailand emergency disaster-hit zones due to the cold weather.

The Deputy Minister of the Interior Sutee Markboon revealed that the three provinces are Mae Hong Son and Chiang Mai in the North and Loei in the Northeast. The announcement takes effect in 10 districts, 45 sub districts and 512 villages in total.

02 Dec 2014 description

BANGKOK, 1 November 2014 (NNT) - Mae Hong Son province has declared Mueang and Pang Ma Pha districts disaster zones due to coldness. More than 22,000 people have been affected.

Governor of Mae Hong Son Suraphon Phanat-amphon said seven Tambon in Mueang district and four Tambon in Pang Ma Pha were hit by a cold spell. The province was urgently assisting people in the affected areas in terms of agriculture, livestock and fishery.

28 Nov 2014 description

CHIANG MAI, 28 Nov 2014 (NNT) - More visitors flocked to Chiang Mai’s famous Doi Inthanont, while cold snap in Nan Province prompted the military to send aid to the affected locals.

A frozen ground phenomena can be spotted around the vicinity of Doi Inthanont in Chiang Mai, as the temperature in the area has dropped to 2 degrees Celsius. The icy weather is much welcomed by the tourists evidenced by their sheer number visiting the area recently.

30 Oct 2014 description

BANGKOK, 30 October 2014 (NNT) – The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) is conducting a campaign to assist people in provinces susceptible to extreme cold weather by supplying them with blankets.

11 Sep 2014 description


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16 May 2014 description


Food price inflation in the region increased to 4.5 percent in March from 4 percent in February but still weaker than general inflation, which slowed to 5.7 percent.

  • FAO estimates China’s 2013 aggregate cereal production was 547.4 million tonnes in 2013, 1.4 percent higher than the 2012 record crop, even with a 1 percent smaller rice harvest.

  • In Indonesia, the price of rice has increased by 11.2 percent year-on-year despite record paddy production of 71 million tonnes in 2013.

10 Feb 2014 description

BANGKOK, 9 February 2014 (NNT) - The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has reported that 9 provinces are experiencing droughts.

According to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, 9 provinces have been declared drought-disaster areas. The 9 provinces include: Uttaradit and Sukhothai in the northern region; Buriram, Mahasarakham, Khon Kaen, and Sisaket in the northeastern region; Sing Buri in the central region; and Chachoengsao and Chanthaburi in the eastern region.

30 Jan 2014 description
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Whether it's the Philippines, which recently experienced the strongest storm recorded, or Japan, which was devastated by the tsunami and earthquake in 2011 - the tragedies affecting these countries serve as a call to risk-prone countries throughout Asia and the Pacific to build and vigilantly maintain resilience to catastrophes.

13 Jan 2014 description

BANGKOK, 8 Jan 2014 (NNT) – 1,000 blankets will be distributed to residents in Phitsanulok Province which has been heavily affected by the recent cold snap.

According to the deputy provincial governor, 300 of the blankets will be given to people in Phrom Phiram District, 200 to Nakhon Thai District, and the rest will be given to residents in other districts that have been hit by cold spells.

12 Jan 2014 description

BANGKOK, 13 Jan 2014 (NNT) - The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) reported that cold spell has hit 44 provinces while drought has expanded to 17 districts in 4 provinces.

Emergency disaster zones have been declared in 44 provinces or 526 districts hit by the cold weather, affecting 7.6 million households or roughly 24 million people in 17 northern provinces, 20 northeastern provinces, 6 central provinces and 1 eastern province.

06 Jan 2014 description

BANGKOK, 7 January 2014 (NNT) - 44 provinces across Thailand have been declared disaster zones following a prolonged cold snap.

The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has reported that 24 million residents nationwide have been affected by the cold weather.

The department has set up a special operation center in many provinces in the country’s upper parts. So far nearly 300,000 sets of relief items have been dispatched to those in need.

27 Dec 2013 description

BANGKOK, 27 December 2013 (NNT) - 35 provinces in Thailand’s upper parts have been declared disaster zones as local residents struggle to cope with lingering wintry conditions.

The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has reported that since a strong cold front from China began to cover parts of Thailand earlier this month, over 20 million residents have been affected by the temperature drop.

25 Dec 2013 description

BANGKOK, 25 December 2013 (NNT) - His Majesty the King has assigned the Rajaprajanugroh Foundation under the Royal Patronage to visit people affected by the cold spell in the North and floods in the southern region.

In Soi Dao district in the northern province of Chiang Mai, representatives of the foundation yesterday distributed blankets to 1,000 families. According to the provincial data, more than 30,000 people are being affected by the cold weather and 21,000 more blankets are needed for distribution to affected families.

15 Oct 2013 description

Snapshot 08 – 15 October

In Syria, heavy fighting is ongoing in Rural Damascus, Dar’a, Aleppo, Idleb and Homs, with government forces making gains in Rural Damascus while the opposition has won ground in Dar’a. Despite the call of al-Qaeda’s leader for opposition fighters to unite, inter-group fighting has escalated in Aleppo over control for neighbourhoods. Meanwhile, the Syrian National Council announced that it did not intend to participate in the proposed Geneva II peace talks.

08 Oct 2013 description

In Syria, heavy fighting along the border with Jordan in the southern province of Dar’a is on-going. After a week-long battle in Aleppo, the Government army regained control of the strategic town of Khanasser which is located on a key supply route between central Syria and Aleppo. Meanwhile, ground fighting is ongoing across Syria, with clashes extending to the previously relatively stable governorate of Tartous.

30 Sep 2013 description

In Syria, heavy fighting continues between the Government and opposition groups as well as infighting within the opposition. Against this background, the UN Security Council endorsed the Russia-US agreement on the elimination of Syria’s chemical stockpile. There are now over 2.1 million Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries. As of 27 September, heavy shelling is preventing an estimated 70,000 Syrian refugees from crossing into Jordan, leading them to face severe food insecurity as they remain stranded on the border.

05 Aug 2013 description

In Syria, Government forces are advancing in Homs and expected to retake opposition-held districts in the short-term, while operations have been ongoing in other major cities, including Aleppo and Damascus. Meanwhile, infighting within opposition forces is spreading between various armed groups. Clashes are continuously reported between Kurdish fighters and al-Qaeda affiliated Islamists near the border with Turkey in Al-Hassakeh and Ar-Raqqa governorates.