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28 Nov 2014 description

CHIANG MAI, 28 Nov 2014 (NNT) - More visitors flocked to Chiang Mai’s famous Doi Inthanont, while cold snap in Nan Province prompted the military to send aid to the affected locals.

A frozen ground phenomena can be spotted around the vicinity of Doi Inthanont in Chiang Mai, as the temperature in the area has dropped to 2 degrees Celsius. The icy weather is much welcomed by the tourists evidenced by their sheer number visiting the area recently.

25 Nov 2014 description

BANGKOK, 25 November 2014 (NNT)- The Ministry of Interior has instructed the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) to quickly assist people affected by the drought crisis.

According to Interior Minister General Anupong Paojinda, Sakon Nakorn and Maha Sarakham provinces have been declared disaster hit zones, as over 318 villages have been facing severe water shortages. The provincial authorities have to deliver water to these areas as a quick relief measure for residents.

25 Nov 2014 description
report Human Rights Watch

‘Don’t Ask for Democracy’ Junta Leader Says

NOVEMBER 25, 2014

(New York) – Thailand’s military government is severely repressing fundamental rights and freedoms six months after its May 22, 2014 coup. The ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has shown no genuine signs of restoring democratic civilian rule.

24 Nov 2014 description
report Amnesty

PUBLIC STATEMENT

Index: ASA 39/017/2014

As authorities in Thailand state that they have no immediate plans to lift martial law six months after the military took power in a coup, Amnesty International calls for the lifting of restrictions and an end to the repression that has deepened in the country under martial law.

21 Nov 2014 description

SONGKHLA, 21 November 2014 (NNT)- Municipal workers have been trying to remove objects blocking waterways in Songkhla. Meanwhile, heavy rains have triggered flood in the city.

Commuters in Muang district have been having difficulties going out and about as most roads have been flooded. Municipal workers have to rely on a backhoe to dredge the canal and remove objects which obstructed the flow of water.

20 Nov 2014 description
report Bangkok Post

Republished with permission. © Post Publishing PCL. www.bangkokpost.com

Runoff from persistent seasonal rain over the past few days caused flooding in the southern provinces of Trang and Narathiwat on Thursday.

Water pouring down from the Ban Thad mountain range flooded into Na Yong and Muang Trang districts of Trang. It is the second time the area has been flooded this month.

20 Nov 2014 description
report Bangkok Post

Republished with permission. © Post Publishing PCL. www.bangkokpost.com

When Abid was five, immigration officials arrested him and his family, Pakistani refugees fleeing religious persecution. The officials took them to the squalid immigration detention centre in central Bangkok. There, they joined hundreds of other refugees detained indefinitely, awaiting some distant possibility of release.

18 Nov 2014 description
report Radio Free Asia

Poor conditions at a government social shelter in southern Thailand have forced more than 100 Uyghurs to escape after nearly eight months of detention in the Southeast Asian nation to which they had fled from northwestern China’s restive Xinjiang region, an escapee said.

The mostly women and children who escaped in early November were part of more than 300 Uyghurs discovered during a raid on a suspected people-smuggling camp in a rubber plantation in Thailand’s Songkhla province near the border with Malaysia.

18 Nov 2014 description
report Bangkok Post

Writer: Amnart Thongdee

Forest runoff, triggered by days of heavy downpours, has hit several communities in Pathiu district of Chumphon, cutting off more than 100 transport routes and damaging vast agricultural areas.

Pathiu district chief Nakrob na Thalong said on Tuesday that rain ravaged the district from Nov 14-16, triggering flooding affecting several villages. Many houses and farmland have been inundated.

18 Nov 2014 description

CHUMPHON, 16 November 2014 (NNT) - Torrential rains in Chumphon have prompted village headmen and chiefs of local administrative organizations in the province to warn villagers in flood-prone areas to be prepared for evacuation. Patheiw district was declared disaster zone.

17 Nov 2014 description

PATTANI, 16 November 2014 (NNT) - Fourth Army Area Commander Lt Gen Prakan Cholayuth said he believed the chronic violence in the South of Thailand would be addressed to a certain extent in one year’s time. He cited the government’s policy of placing greater emphasis on political strategy over the military approach as yielding a good result.

He indicated that the policy had led to a decrease in local people’s support to perpetrators but better cooperation with the military, leading to the government’s successful control in some areas.

14 Nov 2014 description
report Bangkok Post

The government plans to help about 200,000 rice-farming families with jobs and training as they will not have water to grow a second crop in the coming dry season.

Water reserves in dams were lower than in most years because the rainy season had been less intense than usual, government spokesman Yongyuth Maiyalarp said on Friday after representatives of four ministries...

14 Nov 2014 description

BANGKOK, 14 November 2014 (NNT) - Trat provincial authorities are requesting assistance from local administrative organizations to inspect water levels in their respective area so that water management plans can be arranged. Meanwhile, soldiers in Mae Hong Son province are installing water tanks in rural villages to alleviate a water shortage.

13 Nov 2014 description

BANGKOK, 11 November 2014 (NNT) - Many submerged areas below the Banthat mountain in Phatthalung province have started to dry up after heavy rains stopped falling. The province is urgently surveying damages caused by the floodings.

The flood water levels in three flood-affected districts in the province, including Pa Bon, Kong Ra and Si Nakharin, are decreasing. Three other districts in water catchment areas and near the lake of Songkhla are still submerged.

13 Nov 2014 description

BANGKOK, 11 November 2014 (NNT) - More than 200 households have been hit by flash floods in the southern province of Trang. The flood-affected villagers have been evacuated to a safe place.

12 Nov 2014 description
report Caritas

“My parents sent me here so I could go to school,” said Kay Doh*, a 13 year old boy who lives in a refugee camp on the Thai-Myanmar border. “There was no education in my village past Grade 4.”

Kay Doh comes from eastern Myanmar, home to the Karen people, the second largest ethnic group in the country. The Karen have been involved in a drawn out conflict against the Burman majority since 1948, just after Myanmar’s independence.

12 Nov 2014 description

Bangkok, Thailand | AFP | Tuesday 11/11/2014 - 12:59 GMT

The United Nations said Tuesday it had urged Thai authorities against deporting more than 200 Muslim boatpeople from Myanmar being held in southern Thailand after they were intercepted en route to Malaysia.

Thai police arrested 259 people on an island off the southern province of Ranong Saturday, days after activists reported a surge in the number of stateless Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar's restive Rakhine state.

12 Nov 2014 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

•2014 main season paddy production forecast to decline slightly from last year’s record output

•Rice exports in 2014 expected to increase considerably from last year’s low level

•Domestic prices of rice remain generally stable

•Overall food security in the country is satisfactory

12 Nov 2014 description

BANGKOK, 11 November 2014 (NNT) – The Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) has ordered all Educational Service Areas in nine southern provinces, to be on full alert against flooding and landslide while authorizing school directors to order a school closure in emergency cases.

The warning has been sent to the Educational Service Areas in nine southern provinces namely Nakhon Si Thammarat, Patthalung, Songkhla, Krabi, Trang, Satun, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat.

12 Nov 2014 description
report Bangkok Post

Non-Thai students find their informal qualifications are invalid for further study in their home countries, writes Lamphai Intathep

Writer: Lamphai Intathep

Twelve-year-old Cherry, who attends an informal school in Mae Sot of Tak province, plans to continue her education in her country of origin, Myanmar.

"I live in Thailand because my parents work here. I love studying the Myanmar language and want to study in my home country. I would like to be a singer there," she said in Thai.