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30 Jun 2015 description

South East Asian governments have so far failed to take sufficient action to protect refugees and migrants one month after a key summit to address the crisis that saw thousands of people stranded on boats over the past months, Amnesty International said in an open letter today.

The Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean in Bangkok on 29 May brought 17 countries together to discuss the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal.

30 Jun 2015 description

THAM HIN CAMP, Thailand, June 30 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has completed its roll-out of a cutting-edge system to identify Myanmar refugees in Thailand's nine border camps.

Between January and May this year, UNHCR and the Royal Thai Government verified and updated the records of nearly 110,000 registered and unregistered refugees from Myanmar with the help of UNHCR's new biometrics identity management system (BIMS).

30 Jun 2015 description

BANGKOK, 29th June, 2015 (WAM) -- The UAE Embassy in Thailand has overseen its Zakat Project, implemented by the Zakat Fund in Abu Dhabi and benefitting around 1,000 families from Myanmar living inside the Thai border.

The initiative is part of the embassy's Ramadan projects being implemented by UAE-based humanitarian and charitable institutions in coordination with local Islamic associations in the region.

29 Jun 2015 description
report Bangkok Post

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Farmer leaders have slammed the government for not doing enough to help farmers as the drought crisis continues to hit several provinces nationwide, increasing pressure on the "backbone of the country" already struggling with debt.

25 Jun 2015 description

By Brigitte Leoni

BANGKOK, June 25 2015 - The government of Thailand today announced details of a new five-year national disaster prevention and mitigation plan which incorporates the priorities for action of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The priorities are focused on understanding disaster risk in all its aspects, improved risk governance, investment in disaster risk reduction and better preparedness and are at the heart of the Sendai Framework, adopted in March at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

25 Jun 2015 description
report Bangkok Post

Tak also innundated with storm runoff

Trat authorities on Thursday told residents in at-risk areas to brace for flooding and mudslides due to continuous heavy rain set to hit several districts of the eastern province.

The Trat provincial irrigation office on Thursday morning began discharging water from downstream areas of Khao Rakham reservoir, a major basin in the province, into Khlong Bang Phra canal to reduce water volumes in upstream areas of the reservoir due to heavy rains.

24 Jun 2015 description
report Bangkok Post

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The cabinet yesterday approved the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation's plan to improve the living conditions of Karen people in the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex in Phetchaburi province.

The approval was made ahead of the 39th session of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco)'s World Heritage Committee (WHC) to be held in Bonn, Germany, from Sunday to July 8.

24 Jun 2015 description
report Bangkok Post

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Farmers promised aid as drought intensifies

Economic ministers will meet Wednesday to consider packages worth more than 50 billion baht to ease the impact of the nation's intensifying drought.

The packages will focus on the Chao Phraya River basin in the Central Plains, meeting chairman Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said.

18 Jun 2015 description
report Bangkok Post

Drought strikes many other parts of nation

While Bangkok battles floods, many other parts of the country are expected to suffer prolonged dry spells which are likely to last until the middle of next month before the rainy season sets in.

According to the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD), the strong southwest monsoon will hit the country over the next few days, resulting in heavy rainfall in some areas, including Bangkok.

16 Jun 2015 description
report Bangkok Post

Troops to guard sluice gates from farmers

The Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives Ministry will ask the army to deploy forces to guard sluice gates amid the water crisis.

Minister Pitipong Phuengboon Na Ayudhaya was speaking Monday after state agencies met to discuss the recent dry spell.

Mr. Pitipong said most crops were cultivated on 3.4 million rai of paddy fields in the Chao Phraya River basin, and the water released from dams should be enough to maintain them until harvesting.

10 Jun 2015 description
report Bangkok Post

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Rice planting would 'deplete water supply'

WRITER: APINYA WIPATAYOTIN

The Department of Royal Irrigation has urged rice farmers in the Chao Phraya River basin to delay planting their crops due to water shortages.

08 Jun 2015 description
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Water level is lowest in decade, say officials

The water supply in Lam Takhong is critically low after a long absence of rain, officials said Sunday.

Suttiroj Kongkaew, director of the Lam Takhong Operation and Maintenance Project in Nakhon Ratchasima, said the volume of water in Lam Takhong dam in Sikhiu district had dropped to 65 million cubic metres out of the dam's total capacity of 373.64 million cu/m.

08 Jun 2015 description
report Jungle Aid

With many volunteers this month meeting at our usual time of 7am in Hua Hin, loaded up with many donated clothes, shoes, tooth brushes, soap and mosquito nets we set off in our donated truck from the Rotary, Rivers Foundation and several private sponsors all making our medical trips possible. This month there were 2 large teams heading to 2 of our villages (Pala U Noi and Bon Luk). The Pala U team of 10 volunteers drove in convoy and was coordinated by Emma our nurse. Our excellent translators were on hand to translate for the medical team and the assessment team.

05 Jun 2015 description

By MELANIE KEYTE

Working conditions in Thailand’s fish factories have improved but problems persist in the treatment of migrant workers, according to a 1 June report released by Finland-based social responsibility NGO Finnwatch.

The paper follows up on previous research reports evaluating Thai tuna-packing factories’ working conditions, in particular for migrant workers.

04 Jun 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Below-average rains in May delayed planting of 2015 main season rice crop in several areas

  • Rice exports forecast to increase in 2015

  • Domestic prices of rice remained stable in May

03 Jun 2015 description

Bangkok, Thailand | AFP | Wednesday 6/3/2015 - 08:53 GMT

A high-ranking Thai army officer wanted on human trafficking charges handed himself into police Wednesday, the first military figure in the junta-ruled kingdom to be arrested over the grim trade.

Lieutenant General Manas Kongpan voluntarily attended police headquarters in Bangkok on Wednesday morning.

02 Jun 2015 description
report Bangkok Post

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A group of Rohingya migrants, 94 women and children, cut the power supply and tried to break open the doors and windows of the sleeping quarters at a holding centre in tambon Khun Thale in Muang district of Surat Thani province on Monday night in protest at not being allowed to rake food inside to eat, Manager Online reported.

01 Jun 2015 description

BANGKOK, 1 June 2015 (NNT) – The National Reform Council (NRC) will meet on Tuesday to deliberate a report from its subcommittee dealing with natural resources and disaster management in response to global warming.

NRC president Thienchay Kiranandana has scheduled a meeting of NRC members on Tuesday in order for them to deliberate the report from its subcommittee for the reform of natural resources and environment, chaired by Pramote Maiklad.

01 Jun 2015 description
report Save the Children

Abdul* has been looked after at the Phang Nga Shelter, in southern Thailand, for six months after being rescued from traffickers who kidnapped him for ransom and put him on a migrants boat by force.

At the age of just 11, Abdul has seen people being shot in the head and beaten to death in front of his eyes.

“Both of my parents are in Myanmar. My father is 40 years old and my mother is 30 years old. They fish to earn money for our family,” said Abdul.