BANGKOK, THAILAND – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the governments of Thailand and Japan today launched two projects which will help Thailand strengthen community-based disaster risk management, and support efforts to enhance financial inclusion in low income communities.
The ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)—led by Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha—took power in a coup in May 2014.Despite initial promises to restore democracy within one year, the junta in 2015 exercised increasingly dictatorial power and continued to systematically repress fundamental rights and freedoms.
The Government held a press briefing on “Public-Private Alliance on Combating of Drought”, and called on all sectors to conserve water as much as possible. Although drought situation in 2016 has not been critical, the Government continues to undertake measures in preventing and tackling drought in a bid to ensure sufficient water supply throughout the dry season. The Government also urged people to consume water wisely, and called on farmers to cooperate with the Government.
WRITER: PATSARA JIKKHAM
Enough water remains for consumption this dry season, but distributing it to non-irrigated areas will be difficult, government authorities said on Friday.
At a news conference at Government House, Supoj Tovichakchaikul, director-general of the Department of Water Resources, said that from January to April, usable water reserves are calculated at 20.7 billion cubic metres, comprised of 19.3 billion cu/min irrigated areas and 1.4 cu/m in non-irrigated areas.
BANGKOK, 27 January 2016 (NNT) - The Prime Minister has told farmers and the general public to conserve water ahead of the dry season this year.
The Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said that even though there are contingency plans, no one should remain complacent. Many farmers have continued to grow rice against the government's recommendations. However, the Metropolitan Waterworks Authority has insisted there will be enough water for household consumption.
Nakhon Ratchasima, 26 January 2016 (NNT) – The drought situation in the northeastern region has increased in severity with 10 districts of Nakhon Ratchasima now in dire need of water.
UBON RATCHATHANI, 22 January 2016 (NNT) – Deputy Prime Minister ACM Prajin Juntong has instructed related officials to urgently reach out to troubled residents in drought-affected areas during his visit to the Northeast.
While visiting Si Suk subdistrict, Khueang Nai district, Ubon Ratchathani province, ACM Prajin observed the dredging operation at the Nong Loeng Phai Reservoir which was intended to increase water storage for agriculture and tap water production. Drought has caused a severe shortage of water in the area, affecting over a thousand families.
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 19 Jan 2016 12:18 GMT
Author: Alisa Tang
By Alisa Tang
BANGKOK, Jan 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thai authorities are rushing to drill thousands of wells across the country to ensure enough water for drinking and washing, as farmers grapple with a drought and a months-long water shortage.
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The Department of Agricultural Extension (DOAE) has affirmed that it has made steady progress in aiding farmers affected by the drought situation that has extended from last year, but acknowledged that the large amount of farmers registered for aid has made it difficult.
A total of 1,448 villages in 31 districts of eight provinces have been declared drought disaster zones that are in need of urgent assistance,Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department chief Chatchai Promlert announced on Sunday.
The eight provinces are Chiang Mai, Phayao, Phitsanulok and Uttaradit in the North; Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Phanom and Maha Sarakham in the Northeast; and Sa Kaeo in the East.
Slightly more than half of the country is facing water shortages, but the Royal Irrigation Department remains confident the Central Plain will survive the dry season.
Water Resources Department director-general Suphot Tovichakchaikul said 548 out of 928 districts in the country are fighting drought, an issue addressed in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at Government House on Monday.
Bangkok, Thailand | AFP | Tuesday 1/5/2016 - 09:02 GMT
Violence in Thailand's insurgency-torn south has fallen to its lowest level in over a decade due to tighter security and fewer rebel attacks on civilians, conflict analysts said Tuesday.
Militants in the Muslim-majority southernmost provinces bordering Malaysia have launched near-daily bomb attacks and shootings since 2004, targeting mostly troops or police but also teachers and other civilians seen as instruments of the Thai state.
Bang Saphan is 4 hours away and has our most vulnerable families that we work with.
The trip had several aims:
• Operate our field medical clinic to provide much needed medical care
• Equip the school children with more bikes; helmets and school bags so they can easily ride the 7km each way
• Pass on donations of clothes, rice and canned fish
• Donate 2 months supply of medicines to the qualified nurse/midwife living in the village including a ventouse to assist with baby delivery
Our volunteers met early at Market village and after quick introductions, one team left for Ba Mak and the other for Bang Saphan.
After nearly three hours of scenic but challenging drive, we arrived at the village. The medical team was ready to start immediately.
Our Doctor Gerard saw 24 patients working closely with Natalie helping with translation and Elmi recording patient data. We referred 4 patients to hospital for further investigation. We will be following up on our future visits.
Once again, we had a large group of volunteers visiting Bon Luk. We left very early in three 4x4s, kindly sponsored by Dave of Hua Hin Car Hire and Mary Neve, and drove to Bon Luk.
We had one doctor, one fish expert from CPF and members of our fundraising event team with us. Our long time volunteer Dr Coco saw 18 patients; with Thu helping with translation, Caitlin recording patient data and Nick dispensing medicines.
Pa LA U village has 30 houses with almost 200 people who have limited medical care and education and very limited access to basics of life such as sufficient healthy food, clean water, electricity, toilets and waste disposal facilities.
This evaluation is presented as part of the Effectiveness Review Series 2014/15, selected for review under the resilience thematic area. This report documents the findings of a quasi-experimental evaluation carried out in December 2014 that sought to assess the impact of the activities of the development and scale up of a climate change community-based adaptation model for food security project.
BANGKOK, 22 December 2015 (NNT)-Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan said today the government will be fair to those who used to oppose the government, in a bid to bring peace to Thailand's South.
General Prawit as well as Deputy Defense Minister General Udomdej Sitabutr and high ranking military officials yesterday attended a meeting to observe the progress of one of the peace restoration programs and to present a new security policy for the southern region.
By Heamakarn Sricharatchanya
A mobile library project aims to improve access to books for children in remote and impoverished northern Thailand, where most families have few books at home and children are eager to learn.
Thailand - IOM’s Director General William Lacy Swing has urged countries affected by irregular migration in the Indian Ocean region to use all available means to ensure safer migration across the region.
At the Second Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the region in Bangkok today, Ambassador Swing pledged IOM’s continued support to the five affected countries – Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand – but cautioned that migrant-friendly policies were essential.