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World + 69 others
CrisisWatch N°134 - 1 October 2014

The U.S. expanded its aerial campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in late September with strikes in Syria’s north and east. The operation, which targets both IS and fighters linked to al-Qaeda’s central leadership and the affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra, risks alienating other rebel groups in Syria and strengthening support for IS.

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World + 23 others
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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Myanmar + 1 other
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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Philippines + 1 other
Thailand Contributes Over US$600,000 to Yolanda Rehabilitation

18 August 2014 – Thailand Ambassador to the Philippines Prasas Prasasvinitchai presented a check in the amount of US$622,243.39 to Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario as additional donation from the Government and people of Thailand to aid the rehabilitation process in areas affected by typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan.

The simple handover ceremony was held at the Department of Foreign Affairs and attended by Ms. Thelsa Biolena, Director of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Response Operations Office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

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Skill Development Dept finishes repair of 15 quake-ravaged homes in Chiang Rai

CHIANG RAI, 18 June 2014 (NNT) – The Department of Skill Development is conducting an onsite home repair workshop in quake-hit areas of Chiang Rai province, resulting in 15 homes having been fully renovated so far.

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NCPO approves budgets to aid rubber growers, disaster victims

BANGKOK, 17 June 2014 (NNT) – The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has resolved to allocate a total of 12 billion baht to assist rubber planters with their production costs and rehabilitate flood- and drought-affected people across the nation.

According to Deputy Director-General of the Department of Agricultural Extension Numchai Prommeechai, owners of 9 million rai of rubber plantations were initially eligible for assistance worth a combined 21 billion baht under the production cost subsidy program.

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Chiang Rai asks for more budget to help quake victims

CHIANG RAI, 19 June 2014 (NNT) – Mr. Pongsak Wangsamer, the Governor of Chiang Rai, reports that the earthquake on May 5, 2014, affected seven districts, 50 subdistricts and 609 villages. There were over 900 aftershocks. Both government and private sectors have continuously provided help to the quake victims. On June 13, 2014, another 3,000 households were reported to have been damaged from aftershocks in Phan District; however, the damage was small.

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State of Emergency extended for another 3 months in 3 southernmost provinces

NCPO agreed to extend enforcement of the Emergency Decree in 3 southernmost provinces for another 3 months, and approved budget to help farmers and disaster victims.

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Thailand + 1 other
Flood-Hit Community Learning Centers Rise Again in Ayutthaya

Closing ceremony marks restoration of 50 CLCs; extensive, province-wide training in disaster-risk reduction

Three years ago, more than one hundred of Ayutthaya’s Community Learning Centers (CLCs) were forced to stop or limit services after being hit by the worst flooding in Thailand’s modern history.

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Myanmar + 2 others
The Government of Japan Provides Grant Assistance for The Project for Vocational Training for Promoting Basic Education in Vulnerable Communities on the Border

The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP), is providing funds amounting to some 1,824,500 baht for The Project for Vocational Training for Promoting Basic Education in Vulnerable Communities on the Border.

The handover ceremony was held on June 9, 2014 at the newly built center in the presence of Mr. Kiminori IWAMA, Minister of the Japanese Embassy, Mr. Nan Doe, Chairperson of Capacity Building for the People from Uprooted Community Project (CBPUC) and representatives from local government and the community.

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Chiang Rai gives help to quake victims

CHIANG RAI, 24 May 2014 (NNT) – Chiang Rai Province has promptly paid financial aid to victims of the earthquake of 6.3 magnitude that struck Chiang Rai on 5th May 2014 and its aftershocks.

The Chiang Rai Governor presided over a donation ceremony to help 118 victims in Phong Phrae Sub-district, 223 victims in Bua Sali Sub-district, 108 victims in Dong Mada Sub-district, 229 victims in Pa Ko Dam, and 411 victims in Chom Mok Kaew Sub-district, all of whom suffered badly in the severe earthquake in Mae Lao District, Chiang Rai Province.

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Chiang Rai Earthquake continues to generate aftershocks

CHIANG RAI, 22 May 2014 (NNT) - Chiang Rai provincial authorities are quickly providing assistance to locals who have been affected by the earthquake that struck on May 5th.

Homes in areas around the quake’s epicenter have been utterly destroyed, causing distressed locals to live in fear and preventing them from returning to their homes. Even though the quake erupted two weeks ago, there is no sign that aftershocks would end anytime soon. The latest one was a 4.1 magnitude tremor that struck on May 21st.

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Yukol grants 184 million baht to earthquake victims

BANGKOK, 19 May 2014 (NNT) - Mr. Yukol Limlamthong, Deputy acting Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, said he has given preliminary approval for 184 million baht in aid, after receiving information that 10,789 houses were damaged in the northern earthquake.

He announced that the Ministry of Finance has approved 184,646,000 baht for earthquake relief, providing 33,000 baht for each family. From a total of 10,789 damaged houses, there are 39 that are beyond repair, and the cost of restoring another 89 houses has exceeded the expected limit.

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Thailand after the floods: When communities own their change

World Bank


In 2011, Thailand suffered the worst floods in half a century. The flood crisis impacted more than 13 million people. About 97,000 houses were damaged and entire villages and cities were under water for months.

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Chiang Rai authorities continue to assist quake victims

CHIANG RAI, 12 May 2014 (NNT)- Chiang Rai Province and related sectors continue to assist victims of the earthquake in the northern region. Tourism is believed not to be greatly affected.

Chiang Rai governor Pongsak Wangsa-mor said that victims from Monday's 6.3 quake are gradually receiving aid and general help from agencies. The districts were Phan, Mae Lao, Mae Suai, Muang, Wiang Chai, Pa Daet and Phaya Mengrai. The situation is now improving.

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Myanmar + 2 others
UNHCR Thailand-Myanmar Cross-border Bulletin - Fourth Edition, May 2014

  • Stories of Return & Resettlement

  • Return Monitoring & Surveying

  • Film Screening & Debate

  • Expanding the South-East Operation

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Storm causes extensive damage in 3 districts of Phitsanulok

PHITSANULOK, 16 April 2014 (NNT) – A storm has brought about extensive damage in 3 districts of Phitsanulok, although no deaths or injuries have been reported.

A storm lashed through the three districts on Monday, damaging 22 homes in Noen Maprang, 16 in Bangrakam, and 26 in Phrom Piram. A few cars were also reportedly damaged by fallen trees.

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Hailstorm ravages several homes in Lampang

LAMPANG, 15 April 2014 (NNT) - A hailstorm has wreaked havoc in Lampang Province during the Songkran holiday, causing damage to local homes as well as to the office building of the Pong Yang Khok Municipality.

Authorities from the municipality immediately went to inspect the damage to the office building. The storm struck last night [ April 14th ], causing the roof of the building to collapse and crash into three cars parked nearby. Fragments of tile were also scattered everywhere inside the building.