WRITER: WASSANA NANUAM & ACHARA ASHAYAGACHAT
Thai authorities are to hold a preliminary round of peace talks Wednesday with a newly-formed alliance of southern insurgent groups.
Setting up safety zones in the far South will be among priority items for discussion during the talks to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Gen Aksara Kerdpol, head of the Thai negotiation team said Monday.
Court Orders Compensation, but Abusive Troops Never Prosecuted
By Kate Roux, IFRC
On Monday, 17 August at 7pm, an explosive device went off at the Erawan Shrine at Ratchaprasong intersection in central Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. The incident resulted in a number of deaths and injuries.
“The explosion was completely unexpected, and it is shocking for everyone,” said Anne Leclerc, head of the regional delegation in Bangkok for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
As is the case in recent times, we had a large group of volunteers visiting Bon Luk. We took three 4x4s, two of which kindly donated by Dave of Hua Hin Car Hire, and drove to Bon Luk.
We had one doctor, two nurses and one physiotherapist on the team. Our medical teams of a nurse and a physiotherapist (volunteers from our partner Chiva Som) and our long time volunteer Dr Coco saw 43 patients; with Thuhelping with translation and Aurelia and Caitlin recording patient data.
Farmers in Nong Khai scrambled to harvest their crops at short notice after the Mekong River overflowed its banks on Friday night.
Water levels topped 11 metres, causing floods to farmlands and sparking a rush to save crops from devastation, as torrential rains lashed the country, flooding parts of the Northeast, the North and the South.
Nong Khai farmers were forced to harvest large quantities of chillies and aubergines early, but the produce should command a higher price because the vegetables are out of season.
About 400 students were evacuated yesterday after flash floods from a heavy downpour blocked the entrance to a school and a road in Chiang Rai.
Torrential rainfall in Chiang Rai flooded Huai Plu Witthayakhom School and Mae Fah Luang University in tambon Tha Sut of Muang district yesterday, with water levels reaching as high as 50cm, according to authorities.
Officials from the Chiang Rai Provincial Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, soldiers and border patrol police shuttled the 400 students out of the deluge using flat-bottomed boats.
BANGKOK, 6 August 2015, (NNT) - The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has indicated that, despite the recovering situation in various parts of the nation badly hit by drought, a large number of agriculturalists won't be able to generate the same level of production as last year.
According to the Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Pitipong Phuengboon Na Ayudhaya, recent rainfall in several provinces enabled agricultural operations to resume in regions outside the irrigation zones, saying however that water shortages remain common in many areas.
BANGKOK, 6 August 2015 (NNT)-Several areas in the North, North East and South of Thailand have reportedly been flooded by overflowing rivers after several days of rainfall.
In Chiang Rai, the embankment of the Mekong River in Chiangsan district is being continually eroded by strong currents in the river. The water has frequently overflowed into farmlands despite a decline in water levels in some places.
BANGKOK, 6 August 2015 (NNT)- Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered the construction of monkey cheek water retention areas across Thailand to increase the amount of water that can be stored in preparation for another drought crisis.
Prime Minister Prayut said after inspecting Khun Dan Prakarnchol and Pasak Cholasit Dams that both had only 4% of water left.
CHIANG RAI, 5 August 2015 (NNT) – Floods in Mae Sai district, Chiang Rai province and Myanmar's Tachileik province have receded, but Mae Sai municipality remains on high alert.
Businesses on both sides of the Thailand-Myanmar border carried out clean-up operations in marketplaces today, after a flash flood muddied more than 200 outlets yesterday. Affected businesses were forced to close their shops temporarily. Trade activities are expected to resume in the afternoon.
BANGKOK, 5 August 2015 (NNT) - 16 provinces across Thailand have been warned to brace for more heavy rains as monsoons gain strength in the North and South.
A monsoon trough in the North and a southwestern monsoon covering the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea are set to generate rainstorms in 16 provinces including Chiang Mai, Tak, Nong Khai and Phuket. Flash floods and forest runoffs have been predicted for these provinces and residents advised to exercise extra precaution.
BANGKOK, 5 August 2015 (NNT) - Flash flood warnings remain in place for people living in the North, South and Northeast of Thailand, due to continuous rainfall.
According to meteorologists, a low pressure system in the upper parts of Thailand and a southwesterly wind in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand have remained in place and are expected to bring heavy rain to the three regions.
CHIANG RAI, 5 August 2015, (NNT) – The Mekong's water level increased alarmingly and damaged farmlands in Chiang Rai. Flood warning has been issued to residents in sub-districts of Mae-ngern, Wiang and Saew in Chiang Saen District.
Farm animals in Chiang Saen were being moved to higher ground. More than 100 rai of chili and corn plantations have been flooded with 2 meters of water, said one of the flood-affected farmers, adding that crops would be obliterated if floods persist for another 3 days.
Prospects for Justice Bleak Under Military Junta
(New York) – The Thai authorities should end efforts to cover-up abuses committed by soldiers during the 2010 political violence and prosecute all sides responsible for rights violations, Human Rights Watch said today.
BANGKOK, 4 August 2015 (NNT) - Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, after the cabinet meeting on Tuesday, expressed concerns over the ongoing drought disaster and the newly emerging floods in different parts of Thailand, saying the Cabinet today approved seven billion baht to help farmers affected by the drought.
With the new fund, the Interior Ministry and the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry will together work out a cultivation guideline for the upcoming agricultural season and the employment of farmers on out-of-farm jobs pending the new planting season.
BANGKOK, 4 August 2015 (NNT) - The Ministry of Public Health has supplied 30,000 medicines to people affected by the floods in Mae Hong Son province.
According to Deputy Permanent Secretary of Public Health Amnuay Kajina, a mobile medical unit has been deployed to inundated areas of Mae Hong Son to warn people of possible waterborne diseases. They include dengue fever, leptospirosis and diarrhea.
30,000 medicines have also been given to residents of Sob Moei district. They are urged to dial 1669 for emergency medical attention.
NAKHON PHANOM, 3 August 2015 (NNT) - Rivers could be spilling over embankments in Nakhon Phanom province soon, due to continuous rainfall.
It has been reported that five riverside communities in the northeast province could be at risk of flash floods. Continuous precipitation over the past few days has increased water levels in nearby streams. Authorities fear that if the rising waters cannot be released into the Mekong River soon enough, more than 200 homes could be inundated.
The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI)
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Bangkok, Thailand | AFP | Friday 7/31/2015 - 05:34 GMT
Fourteen people were wounded in an attack Friday by suspected rebels wielding grenade launchers and automatic weapon in Thailand's war-torn Muslim-majority south, officials said.
The early morning attack on village security volunteers, a local protection force armed by the state against the rebels, in Yala province left four seriously wounded, police told AFP.
BANGKOK, 31 July 2015 (NNT) - The Department of Groundwater Resources (DGR) is expediting its well drilling project in drought affected areas, in its bid to help agriculturalists facing water shortage.
The department plans to drill new wells and dredge existing wells to make up a total number of 891 wells. 81.3 percent of the figure, or 725 wells are now operational. These wells offer slightly over 250,000 cubic meters of ground water per day.