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16 Aug 2017 description
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WRITER: ACHADTAYA CHUENNIRAN AND ONLINE REPORTERS

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15 Aug 2017 description
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The flooding crisis in the Northeast is expected to ease within the next two weeks after the implementation of a better system to divert water into the Mekong River by the Department of Royal Irrigation (DRI).

The Moon and Chi rivers merge into one in Muang district of Ubon Ratchathani province before flowing onward into the Mekong River.

Thongplew Kongchan, DRI deputy chief, said the department has managed to slow down the flow of the Moon River and release the Chi River overflow into the Mekong first.

15 Aug 2017 description

SATUN, 14 August 2017 (NNT) – The Satun Provincial Office of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation is rushing assistance to the southern resort island of Koh Lipe as many residents have been impacted by floods.

15 Aug 2017 description
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Flooding is still ravaging Nakhon Phanom, while areas in seven other provinces have been submerged since last month, the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department said on Monday.

Eleven out of 12 districts in Nakhon Phanom are suffering from the overflow of water from Nong Han, the country's second largest freshwater lake in Sakon Nakhon, it said.

Bang Paeng is the only district to escape the floods, which damaged some 186,000 rai of farmland in the northeastern province.

13 Aug 2017 description

UBON RATCHATHANI, 11th August 2017 (NNT) – Various agencies have continued to collect and hand out aid for flood victims in the northeast.

Ubon Ratchathani Governor Somsak Jungtrakul received a donation of drinking water from private companies to be passed on to those in need in both the province’s Muang district and Warinchamrap district.

Muang Khon Kaen District Chief Chatchai Uncharoen led his agents in distributing 100 survival bags to flood sufferers in tree sub-districts.

13 Aug 2017 description

BANGKOK, 12th August 2017 (NNT) – The King Prajadhipok's Institute has made a donation of 50,000 baht to help flood victims in the northeastern region of Thailand.

On behalf of the flood victims, National Legislative Assembly (NLA) President Pornpetch Wichitcholchai accepted 50,000 baht from the King Prajadhipok's Institute and offered his appreciation to the institute for its kind act.

13 Aug 2017 description
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NAKHON RATCHASIMA, 13th August 2017 (NNT) – Nakhon Ratchasima province is sending relief bags containing essential items to flood victims in Roi Et province.

United in their sympathy, the Korat Diving Network, private organizations, and hundreds of volunteers are loading seven trucks with food, water, and other essential items, along with 600 relief packages, which will be transported to Roi Et province, one of many northeastern cities that are battling widespread floods.

13 Aug 2017 description

SATUN, 12th August 2017 (NNT) - Days of heavy rain in Satun have triggered a flood that is striking the southern province’s resort island Koh Lipe.

Police officers of Koh Lipe Police Station have rushed to flood-torn areas to help the villagers move their belongings to higher ground. The deluge has reportedly swamped the roads leading to a luxury resort and two villages.

11 Aug 2017 description
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WRITER: PENCHAN CHAROENSUTHIPAN

More than 1,200 of over 60,000 undocumented migrant workers have failed to pass an inspection of their working conditions, a prerequisite to giving them legal working status in Thailand, the Labour Ministry said Thursday.

The inspection, which also verifies they are employed as claimed, is the first step in the process of granting proper visas to several thousand foreign labourers from neighbouring countries who have been working in the country illegally.

10 Aug 2017 description

BANGKOK, 10 August 2017 (NNT) – The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has begun paying out aid funds in accordance with a Cabinet decision, urging all to donate to flood relief efforts.

At Roi Et province, Commander of the 27th Military Circle Maj Gen Natchanok Sirithipatanon led the passing out of survival bags and other relief goods to flood victims suffering under waters from the Chi River. Many have complained of foot infections caused by the stagnant water and a shortage of drinking water.

10 Aug 2017 description

NONTHABURI, 9 August 2017 (NNT) – The Ministry of Commerce has launched a caravan of trucks to hand out relief items to flood victims in five provinces.

Commerce Minister Apiradi Tantraporn presided over the dispatching ceremony for the relief caravan arranged by the Department of Internal Trade to be delivered to flood victims in Sakon Nakhon, Roi-et, Maha Sarakham, Kalasin, and Nakhon Panom.

The aid campaign will be extended to other flooded provinces in near future, he said.

10 Aug 2017 description
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Flooding persisted in nine provinces on Wednesday, mostly in the Northeast, with more than 570,000 families affected by the floods that have ravaged much of the country over the last month.

Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department chief Chatchai Promlert said the heavy downpours had triggered flash floods in 44 provinces between July 5 and Aug 8. A total of 578,814 households in 12,949 villages were affected and 29 people had died as a consequence of flooding.

09 Aug 2017 description
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Since July 2017, the northeast region of Thailand has been affected and inundated by monsoons. Based on reports updated on 1 August 2017 from the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, in total 43 provinces, 221 districts, 938 sub-districts and 5,366 villages and 1 community have been affected. Thirteen dead have been reported.

09 Aug 2017 description
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The cabinet yesterday approved a cash handout worth a combined 1.69 billion baht to help ease the plight of farmers in the North and Northeast hit by tropical floods in 36 provinces.

Nathporn Chatusripitak, an adviser to the PM's Office Minister, said the handout that is worth 3,000 baht per household will be given to 561,520 eligible families who were affected by the flash floods from July 5 to Aug 15 over the next 30 days.

09 Aug 2017 description

BANGKOK, 8 August 2017 (NNT) – The Cabinet has approved the payment of compensation worth 3,000 baht to each flood-affected farmer in 36 provinces.

In the wake of severe flooding in the country, Advisor to the Prime Minister’s Office Minister Nattaporn Jatusripitak made known that the Cabinet has given a green light to the disbursement of 1.68 billion baht from the 2017 central budget for the rehabilitation of agriculturists recently affected by Tropical Storms Talas and Sonca.

09 Aug 2017 description

August 7, 2017, at 1400hrs, at the Government House, Minister attached to Prime Minister’s Office Ormsin Chivapruck represented the Government in receiving donation for flood relief in the North and Northeast from 2 parties: 1) representatives of the 15 th -class students of King Prajadhipok's Institute, 123,456.78 Baht; and 2) Phradhammabodhivongsa, Abbot of Wat Thai Bodhgaya and Head of Dhammaduta Bhikkhus Thai Missionary in India-Nepal, 223,470 Baht.

08 Aug 2017 description
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WRITER: PENCHAN CHAROENSUTHIPAN

Around 1 million migrant workers are expected to have registered or taken action to comply with the new migrant labour law by the Monday deadline of the 15-day relaxation period.

At 4.30pm, 680,000 migrant workers from three countries with no documents registered, Labour Ministry permanent secretary ML Puntarik Smiti said.

She added employers could still register them online until midnight.

07 Aug 2017 description

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Typhoon Noru has weakened to a Category 1 cyclone as it moves across western Japan. As of 7 August, two deaths were reported. In western Japan, an estimated 15,000 people were provided with temporary evacuation advisories as of the morning of 7 August. As the system moves slowly towards the main island of Honshu, authorities warn of a heightened risk of landslides, flooding and storm surges in the coming days.

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