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DDPM prepares to dole out measures to tackle drought

BANGKOK, 17 April 2014 (NNT) – The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department (DDPM) is set to implement new measures to tackle the drought crisis following reports that more than half of the country faces water shortages.

The DDPM said since drought was reported in Thailand during October of last year, 41 provinces have been declared drought disaster zones. Northern Thailand continues to be the region most affected by the disaster, with 13 provinces facing critical condition. Some provinces in other regions plagued by drought include Surin, Chainat, Trat, and Krabi.

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Lampang province declares 2 additional districts as storm disaster zones

LAMPANG, 17 April 2014 (NNT) - Lampang province has declared two additional districts as storm disaster zones after facing thunderstorms, gusty winds, and hailstorms.

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Northeastern Thailand swept by another storm

BANGKOK, 17 April 2014 (NNT) – Thailand’s northeastern provinces have been struck by another summer storm, causing damage to houses and public utilities.

Non Sa-at District in Udon Thani Province was hit hard by another storm, the fifth one this month. Twenty power line poles have collapsed onto a restaurant and a resort, while houses and other public utilities were heavily damaged by the strong wind. However, there were no reports of injuries.

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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.

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Storms cause substantial damage in some districts of Nakhon Sawan

NAKHON SAWAN, 15 April 2014 (NNT) – Nakhon Sawan and Tak provinces were hit by storms on Monday, and substantial damage was incurred in some districts.

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More than 70 homes damaged by severe thunder storms

UTHAI THANI, 13 April 2014 (NNT) - Several villages in the central province of Uthai Thani were hit by severe thunder storms late Saturday night.

More than 70 houses in two villages have been damaged by the strong winds and heavy rain, which also uprooted a tamarind tree estimated to be over a hundred years old in Talookdu village of Taptan district.

The local administration office of Nong Yai Da has initially assessed damage in order to assist those residents in reconstructing their homes.

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PM urges Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation to help drought victims in 41 provinces

BANGKOK, 11 April 2014 (NNT) - The prime minister has directed the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) to administer urgent help to those suffering from the drought in 41 provinces and to come up with water management plans that makes the best use of the available water at hand.

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Despite storms, 40 provinces still facing drought

BANGKOK, 11 April 2014 (NNT) – The Meterological Department warned on Thursday there will be increased prevalence of storms and gusty winds during this period.

In Buriram province, a storm ploughed its way through the province and downed rubber trees on approximately 300 rai of plantation area, prompting the rubber plantation owners to urge for assistance from the state to help them cope with the damage.

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40 provinces hit by developing drought so far

BANGKOK, 10 April 2014 (NNT) - The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department (DDPM)has made known that 40 provinces across Thailand have now been declared drought disaster zones.

The DDPM said the Northern region is hardest hit, with 13 provinces being affected by the crisis. 8 provinces and 7 provinces in the Northeast and the South have also been hit by worsening drought.

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Over 100 houses in Kosamphi Nakhon District, Kamphaeng Phet, damaged by thunderstorm

KAMPHAENG PET, 8 April 2014 (NNT) - Over 100 houses in Kosamphi Nakhon District, Kamphaeng Phet Province, were damaged by a summer thunderstorm on April 5. Initially, administrative officers, Kosamphi Subdistict Administrative Officers, with Subdistrict headmen, and village headman explored the damaged houses to provide help to homeowners.

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38 provinces declared drought disaster zones

BANGKOK, 8 April 2014 (NNT) - The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department (DDPM) has reported that 38 provinces nationwide have been declared drought disaster zones.

The DDPM said provinces hit by severe drought included Tak, Chiang Mai, Surin and Krabi. The drought spans nearly 15,000 villages in 38 provinces. The agency is expediting assistance to drought-hit residents by surveying affected areas and effectively managing dwindling water resources.

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Thailand’s North and Northeast battered by summer storms

SI SA KET, 7 April 2014 (NNT) – Northern and northeastern regions of Thailand have been struck by summer storms, causing heavy damage to public property.

Si Sa Ket Province has been hard hit by a summer storm that lasted about an hour. The storm destroyed more than 300 houses, a number of vehicles, and electricity poles, resulting in at least 10 hours of blackout.

Very much like Si Sa Ket, Chainat was struck by a storm that caused damage to many houses in 3 sub-districts. Trees and street signs were also brought down by the gusty winds.

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Storm victims in Bueng Kan province receive relief packages

BUENG KAN, 7 April 2014 (NNT) – Bueng Kan Governor Chalotorn Pakote has visited people affected from a summer storm and handed out relief packages after the storm severely damaged houses and private property there.

Apart from houses and property, the storm also caused major destruction to rubber plantations on April 3rd 2014, affecting 74 households. Following that, the provincial authorities and Red Cross officials quickly provided assistance and a supply of 400 steel sheets and 74 relief bags.

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Summer storms hit 9 provinces, DPM to evaluate damage and assist victims

BANGKOK, 4 April 2014 (NNT) - The Disaster Prevention and Meditation Department (DPM) has reported 9 provinces hit by summer storms. Officials have been dispatched to evaluate damage in the areas as well as give assistance to victims in need.

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Sawathi villagers in Khon Kaen province builds 1 kilometer long PVC pipe to siphon water

KHON KAEN 7 April 2014 (NNT) — Villagers in Sawathi municipality have gotten together to build a PVC pipeline one kilometer long to siphon up groundwater as local wells in the villages have become completely dried up.

According to Udom Narksri, the Sawathi village chief, villagers are currently spending 50 baht a day to purchase water for everyday use. Moreover, no natural water sources have been available to them since June, 2013.

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Khon Kaen residents affected by severe drought

KHON KAEN, 7 April 2014 (NNT) – Residents in some villages in Khon Kaen province have been so hard hit by the severe drought situation that they have to buy clean water for daily usage.

Despite their joint efforts digging wells to store water, villagers in Lad Na Pieng are still facing shortages of water for necessary use.

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Phitsanulok soldiers give out water to aid Sukhothai residents

SUKHOTHAI, 3 April 2014 (NNT) — Soldiers from Phitsanulok are giving out water for residents in nearby Sukhothai province during the hard-hit drought season.

Phitsanulok’s Army Provincial Chief had ordered the dispatch of 2 giant water trucks, carrying 16,000 liters of water, to help aid the drought afflicted residents in Sukhothai.

The assistance was under the drought relief project aimed at helping local residents in nearby areas that have been undergoing difficulties related to the drought situation.

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Summer storm strikes northeastern Thailand

BANGKOK, 3 April 2014 (NNT) – A summer storm has ravaged parts of Thailand’s northeastern region, where one person was reportedly killed.

Buriram Province was struck by a destructive summer storm that brought down a tree more than a hundred years old. The tree collapsed onto a house and killed a 38-year-old man, who is the owner of the house. However, his wife and daughter were safe.

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Southern Separatists Target Women

Burning, Beheadings of Bodies Mark Renewed Terror Campaign

(New York) – Separatist groups in Thailand’s southern border provinces have killed at least five Thai Buddhist women, mutilating three of their bodies, since February 2014, Human Rights Watch said today.

The insurgents should immediately end their attacks targeting civilians, which are war crimes.

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