By Leena Zieger
The changes in Burma’s political landscape have affected the country’s population in varying ways.
Among the less fortunate citizens are tens of thousands of young refugees whose concerns and qualifications continue to be sidelined in the country’s reform process.
Thousands of youth live in limbo along the Thailand-Burma border, where decline in donor funding has adversely impacted the refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) whose lives depend on international assistance and services provided by local ethnic organizations.
By Mirva Helenius, IFRC
“Today is a happy day for me and my fellow migrant domestic workers. Today it’s all about us and for us. The support from the Red Cross has given me a voice and I’m being heard”, said Kyan Par, a migrant domestic worker who came to Thailand from Myanmar more than 20 years ago.
As one of the attendants of a regional migration consultation in Bangkok which was held from 1-2 March 2017, Kyan Par shared her experiences with an audience of more than 50 participants from various organisations across Asia.
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 4th March 2017 (NNT) – A group of businessmen from Malaysia has donated a sum of money to the victims of the devastating floods that swept through southern Thailand in January.
Nakhon Si Thammarat Governor Sakon Chantharak this week greeted a group of businesspersons from Malaysia’s Kelantan state, who presented him with 300,000 baht to be spent on renovating and fixing houses that were damaged by the floods.
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 13 February 2017 (NNT) - Flood victims in Nakhon Si Thammarat expressed their gratitude to local authorities for their help and support.
The Second Naval Area Command sent a group of soldiers to help residents in Chulabhorn district repair their houses in the aftermath of a month-long flood. A 60-year old homeowner in the district, Preeda Khaoset, said she was grateful for the help she received as she never could have repaired the house by herself due the scale of the damage.
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 10 February 2017 (NNT)-Provincial authorities have been helping the flood victims in southern Thailand get back on their feet as soon as possible.
In Nakhon Si Thammarat, Department of Community Development Director-General Apichart Todilokwet visited Cha-uat district to present relief bags and financial aid to representatives of Child Development Centers in eight districts.
ALA, 8 February 2017 (NNT) - While most areas in the southern region have recovered by severe flooding, residents in Ban Poh Yanee in Yala province are still unable to resume their businesses and are waiting for government assistance on repairing their homes.
Residents of Ban Poh Yanee, which is located in Sateng Nok subdistrict, have been waiting for government officials to assist in the restoration efforts, after floodwaters began to recede on January 27th.
ANGKOK, 8 February 2017 (NNT) - The Command Center for Disaster Prevention and Mitigation revealed that the South of Thailand no longer suffers from the flood crisis.
The command center has instructed provincial authorities to survey the flood damage and help people repair their homes within 30 days.
YALA - PATTANI, 6 February 2017 (NNT) - Rubber farmers in Raman District of Yala Province have begun restoring their farms after floodwaters receded, while officials in Pattani Province are stepping up their reconstruction efforts for residents.
PATTANI, 6 February 2017 (NNT) - Provincial officers in Pattani have accelerated restoration works for houses damaged by floods in 12 districts of the southern province.
Pattani Governor Weeranan Phengchan led a team to visit Pooyut subdistrict in Muang Pattani district to inspect the restoration and repairs to flood-damaged houses in the area.
Pattani province, the Royal Thai Army and the 4th Army Area have jointly provided post-flood assistance to the flood affected victims after inundation in the local areas had subsided.
Earlier in January this year, a four-day downpour caused serious floods in Bangsaphan, Prachuap in Thailand, which caused the most damage then ever. Volunteers of Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation in Thailand evaluated their conditions and conducted a cash-for-relief program there.
BANGKOK, 3rd February 2017 (NNT) - Efforts to restore the flood-damaged southern region have begun, to help those hit by weeks of inundation to regain their lives.
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 3 February 2017 (NNT) – State agencies have begun moving in on areas of the south where floodwaters have subsided to rehabilitate both residential structures and farms.
The deputy governor of Nakhon Si Thammarat has led a combined force of military personnel to lay groundwork for the construction of new homes to replace those destroyed by recent flooding. The province has set aside a fund of 230,000 baht per home for the work and the effort has been well received by residents.
BANGKOK, 30 January 2017 (NNT) - The Prime Minister’s Office has revealed that the flood situations remain critical only in five southern provinces.
Spokesman of the Prime Minister’s Office Lt Gen Sansern Keawkamnerd revealed while flood draining efforts are still underway in the five flooded provinces that the rehabilitation process had already begun in seven other cities namely Ranong, Krabi, Trang, Chumphon, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Yala, and Narathiwat.
YALA, 30th January 2017 (NNT) - People in the South of Thailand have returned to their homes after flood waters receded.
In Yala, residents of Ban Pa Bon Community have begun cleaning their homes after nearly a month away due to severe flooding. While taking shelter at safer places, they were provided with food, drinking water, and various forms of assistance.
In Songkhla, 10 water thrusters have been deployed at Khlong Pak Trae Sluice Gate and 15 more at Khlong Pak Nam Rawa to increase the drainage capacity in the flooded areas surrounding Songkhla Lake.
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SURAT THANI: A total of 12 houses heavily damaged by recent floods will be moved to new locations to ensure that they will no longer block drainage routes if future flooding occurs.
Surat Thani governor Uaychai Innak said on Saturday that 51 houses had been destroyed by the floods while another 768 were partially damaged. Authorities and volunteers in the province have already helped residents to repair around 60 units.
BANGKOK, 29 January 2017 (NNT) – Floods in the southern region has receded with several areas in 5 provinces still inundated, while the Prime Minister calls for damage assessment followed by immediate rehabilitation, says government spokesman.
YALA, 27 January 2017 (NNT) - Villagers of Poyani Village in Sateng Nok subdistrict of Yala province have started moving back to their homes, as floodwaters have receded.
Poyani villagers returned home after the rainy weather finally cleared for two days. Mareeyae Doloh, a villager, said she and her neighbors had taken shelter at the community hall twice since the New Year.
The village's geography is particularly susceptible to flooding. Some families admitted to feeling stress because of the prolonged inundation, which caused work and school to be suspended.
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 27 January 2017 (NNT) - Flooding in the South of Thailand has begun to subside, although a few areas remain heavily inundated.
In Nakhon Si Thammarat province, many areas have been restored, except for Thang Phun subdistrict, where more than 1,000 homes remain submerged in deep floodwaters. Its residents rely on boats to get food and drinking water.
PRACHUAPKIRIKAN, 16 January 2017 (NNT) – Soldiers have devoted their resources to repairing homes affected by flooding in Prachuapkirikan province.
Engineers from the 16th Military Circle have descended on a home in Prachuapkirikan province to repair damages caused by flooding over the past month. The soldiers have also passed out necessity items and medicine to flood victims while saying they believe they can complete their repair work in 3 days.
BANGKOK, 13 January 2017 (NNT) - The government will introduce a flood rehabilitation program, which was used in 2011, to help flood victims get back on their feet.
Minister Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office Ormsin Chivapruck, who also serves as Secretary-General of Command Center for Monitoring Situation, revealed that the government will use the same approach to assisting flood victims this year as the previous administration did in 2011.