BANGKOK, January 16 – The UN Refugee Agency warmly welcomes the Royal Thai Government’s recent approval of a framework to enhance the identification and protection of refugees.
On January 10, Thailand’s Cabinet approved in principle a proposal to finalize and implement a screening mechanism for undocumented immigrants and refugees.
Heavy and torrential rainfall has been forecast for Thailand’s southern provinces over the next 48 hours, adding to the challenges faced by more than 1.1 million people already affected by the deadly flooding that started almost two months ago.
Thailand’s Meteorological Department issued the warning today, saying there was a risk of flash flooding, landslides and storm surges up until Wednesday night. Waves of up to three metres are predicted in the lower Gulf of Thailand, with all ships warned to take caution.
The status of refugees is not recognised in Thailand, leaving the few hundred Syrians there unable to work or go to school, at constant risk of deportation
After prayers, Nassr, 58, lights one of the 60 cigarettes he will smoke that day. “It’s the stress,” he shrugs apologetically. “The tension of being an illegal refugee in Thailand.”
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Eighty-five people are confirmed killed and four are still missing in the flooding that has hit Prachuap Khiri Khan and 11 southern provinces since Dec 1, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department director-general Chatchai Promlert said on Monday.
The flood situation has eased in Ranong, Krabi, Trang, Chumphon and Prachuap Khiri Khanbut was still prevalent in parts of Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani, Phatthalung, Yala, Songkhla, Pattani and Narathiwat.
NARATHIWAT -- All 13 districts of this southern border province have been declared disaster areas after several days of heavy rain caused widespread flooding.
The declaration was made late Sunday night by governor Sithichai Sakda to mobilise all resources to help flood-hit people.
Further rain across the province overnight caused the floodwater to increase rapidly in 470 villages of 74 tambons in 13 districts, affecting 145,686 people in 36,605 households.
Persistent rain throughout Friday caused flooding to several districts of the southern provinces of Songkhla, Narathiwat Pattani, Trang and Yala early Saturday.
Flooded were many roads in Songkhla municipality, including Kanchanawanit Road. Travel became difficult for small vehicles.
The ground floors of several buildings, including the parking lot of a Tesco Lotus store in the municipality, were inundated. Local authorities were operating all available water pumps to speed up drainage into the Songkhla lake.
The southern provinces, which have been recovering from serious flooding, are now bracing for more floods as a new cold front makes its way from China bringing heavy rain.
The Meteorological Department issued a forecast on Friday saying that high pressure from China is expected in Laos, Vietnam and the South China Sea and was forecast to reach the Northeast of Thailand last night.
The high pressure is predicted to trigger an even stronger northeast monsoon across the Gulf of Thailand and the South, said the forecast.
PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN, 18 January 2017 (NNT) - Provincial authorities in the South of Thailand have prepared measures to handle another round of flooding as more downpours are expected later this week.
In Prachuap Khiri Khan, people living near Khlong Bang Saphan have been told to notify village heads and evacuate if the river begins to overflow the embankments. Provincial Governor Thawee Narissirikul told every unit to be on high alert for any emergencies.
Residents in Chumphon, Ranong and Nakhon Si Thammarat are being warned of heavy rainfall, flash floods and mudslides over the next few days. National Disaster Warning Centre issued a warning Wednesday about bad weather in the three southern provinces.
The centre has warned locals in Chumphon's Phato and Thung Tako districts, Kra Buri and La-un districts in Ranong and Phrommakhiri, Nop Phi Tham and Lan Saka districts in Nakhon Si Thammarat about possible flash floods and mudslides following heavy downpours in their communities.
BANGKOK, 18 January 2017 (NNT) – The National Disaster Warning Center has cautioned three provinces in the South, namely Chumphon, Ranong and Nakhon Si Thammarat, of potential flashfloods and mudslides between now and this Friday.
According to a statement issued by the National Disaster Warning Center, there are possibilities of flashfloods, forest runoffs and mudslides in Phato and Thung Tako districts of Chumphon, Kra Buri and La-un districts of Ranong, and Phrom Khiri, Nopphitam and Lan Saka districts of Nakhon Si Thammarat from January 18-20.
Continuous heavy rains, that started pouring on 1 January 2017, have caused widespread flooding across 12 provinces in southern Thailand, killing dozens of people and leaving a trail of destruction. The affected provinces are Chumphon, Krabi, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwas, Pattani, Phatthalung, Prachaub Khirikhan, Ranong, Songkhla, Surat Thani, Trang and Yala.
Heavy rain has been affecting the southern provinces of the country over the past weeks, causing widespread flooding.
As of 17 January, local media reported that the death toll has reached 43 people.
Over the next 24 hours, more heavy rain and strong winds are forecast to affect the southern areas of the country. As of 17 January, Thai Meteorological Department has issued a warning for severe weather and possible flash floods in the southern provinces.
BANGKOK, 17 January 2017 (NNT) - Bangkok Governor Pol Gen Asawin Kwanmuang has instructed relevant units in the capital to be ready for possible flooding.
The governor and officials from the Department of Drainage and Sewerage inspected the drainage system on Ratchadaphisek Road in preparation for the next round of downpours.
SURAT THANI, 17 January 2017 (NNT) – The National Command Center for Disaster Prevention and Mitigation is prepared to handle heavy rains in the South during 17-22 January 2017.
Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior (MOI) Prayoon Rattanasenee, acting as director of the National Command Center for Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (Forward Command) in Surat Thani, said the flood situation has improved in six out of twelve southern provinces.
BANGKOK, 17 January 2017 (NNT) - The government will allocate budget to restore the flood-affected areas in the southern region. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to propose guidelines on sustainable solutions to flooding.
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 17 January 2017 (NNT) - Authorities in the South of Thailand are preparing for another round of flooding as it continues to rain in the region.
In Nakhon Si Thammarat province, the Royal Irrigation Department and the Royal Thai Navy are trying to drain water from the Pak Phanang river basin, to make room for the incoming rainfall. Machinery and boats are being used to push water from the river basin, which currently contains 260 million cubic meters, into the Gulf of Thailand.
PRACHUAPKIRIKAN, 16 January 2017 (NNT) – Soldiers have devoted their resources to repairing homes affected by flooding in Prachuapkirikan province.
Engineers from the 16th Military Circle have descended on a home in Prachuapkirikan province to repair damages caused by flooding over the past month. The soldiers have also passed out necessity items and medicine to flood victims while saying they believe they can complete their repair work in 3 days.
Floodway construction is required to limit the impact of immense flooding and economic losses for people living in the southern provinces, and city planning should be adjusted to better enable disaster responses, says the Engineering Institute of Thailand (EIT).
Thanes Weerasiri, chairman of the EIT, said the flood crisis hitting the southern provinces is an important lesson on flood disaster management, which requires infrastructure development to reduce impacts.
Nation donates B329m in relief for victims
People in southern provinces and local authorities are bracing for a new round of floods after more heavy rain was forecast in the region this week.
Government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said Sunday that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered provincial governors and local administrative agencies to beef up precautionary measures against flooding as heavy rainfall is expected in the South, according to the Thai Meteorological Department.