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Officials warned of more run-offs and floods in North

BANGKOK, 28 July 2014, (NNT) - The National Disaster Warning Center has warned people in the North to brace for more run-offs, flash floods and mudslides, as rains will likely continue to buffet the region in the next couple of days.

According to the center, the affected provinces include Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Nan, Phayao, Krabi, and Suratthani. It has advised residents in those areas to exercise extreme caution, while closely monitoring official weather reports.

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Car bomb kills three, wounds 36 in Thai south: police

07/25/2014 12:00 GMT

BANGKOK, July 25, 2014 (AFP) - A car bomb exploded on Friday outside a hotel in insurgency-wracked southern Thailand, killing three people and wounding 36 others, police said.

Of the wounded, three were in critical condition, Lieutenant Colonel Sophon Saisuree told AFP by telephone from Betong in Yala province where the blast happened.

"A car bomb went off in front of Holiday Hotel at around 4:00 pm (0900 GMT)", he said.

"We had been informed that there would be unrest in the deep south near the end of Ramadan," Sophon added.

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Chainat faces drought due to El Nino and irrigation problems

CHAINAT, 19 July 2014 (NNT) - Chainat Province Governor Sutthipong Chulcharoen has revealed that Chainat is now facing drought due to several causes.

First, there was an irrigation design problem, as the water pumps at Manorom waterway are installed at 16-meter height but water is now is only reaching 14-15 meters. The Royal Irrigation Department has planned to address the problem but it does not have budget to do so.

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Five flood-hit provinces in need of urgent assistance

BANGKOK, 24 July 2014 (NNT) – The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department (DDPM) is prepared to offer a speedy assistance to five northeastern provinces recently hit by flash floods and forest runoffs.

Heavy overnight rains have triggered floods in Sakon Nakhon, Prachinburi, Si Sa Ket, Ubon Ratchathani, and Yasothon provinces. Provincial disaster prevention units and armed forces have worked together to help divert floodwater from affected areas and provide relief items to flood victims.

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Several areas in Ubon Ratchathani flooded after three days of heavy rain

UBON RATCHATHANI, 25 July 2014 (NNT) – Ubon Ratchathani has been hit with many instances of forest runoffs, and many parts of the province have become flooded on Thursday.

Districts that were experiencing floods included Warinchamrap, Samrong, Thung Si Udom, Det Udom, Nayia and Phibun Mungsahan. The flooding was caused by heavy raining over the past three days, brought on by a monsoon trough that was covering the upper part of the Northeastern region.

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Dengue fever on rise in Phatthalung

PHATTHALUNG, 18 July 2014 (NNT) – More than 300 cases of dengue fever have been reported in the southern province of Phatthalung since the beginning of this year and the number is expected to rise as the rainy season is still in full swing.

The Phatthalung Provincial Public Health Office indicates that, between January 1 and July 16, a total 302 residents have been infected with dengue fever, accounting for an infection rate of 58.12 per 100,000 persons. There have been no fatalities as of yet.

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Interim Constitution Provides Sweeping Powers

Rights Violators Get Blanket Immunity

(New York, July 24, 2014) – The Thai military junta should amend the interim constitution it unilaterally promulgated that gives it sweeping powers without accountability or safeguards against human rights violations, Human Rights Watch said today.

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Thai and Burmese Officials to Begin Talks on Repatriation

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By SAW YAN NAING / THE IRRAWADDY

CHIANG MAI, Thailand — Thai and Burmese authorities will begin talks soon over plans for the repatriation of Burmese refugees, but the UN refugee agency cautions that many obstacles remain to their safe return home, including land mines and the possibility of further conflict.

Vivian Tan, a spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said conditions in southeastern Burma, where most of the Burmese refugees in Thailand camps come from, are not conducive to an organized repatriation at this time.

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No increase in deportations from Thai camps, says UNHCR

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There has been no increase in deportations of Myanmar refugees from camps in Thailand since restrictions began being enforced on their movement in late June, the United Nations refugee agency told Mizzima on July 23.

"We're monitoring the situation; based on current information we have not seen any changes on this front," UNHCR spokesperson Vivian Tan told Mizzima in an email from the agency's Bangkok office.

Ms Tan was responding to comments by a Thai official that refugees caught outside the camps would be considered illegal migrants and liable for deportation.

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Census goes ahead at Thai refugee camps

By REUTERS And DVB 22 July 2014

Thousands of refugees have been lining up to be counted at Mae La, the largest refugee camp in Thailand, since Monday. Authorities said the process is set to finish by the end of July.

They said the census is the first of its kind since the camp which houses over 43,000 refugees was established 30 years ago.

“We conducted the census to get the exact number of those who fled the conflict [in Burma],” said infantry commander Terdsak Ngamsanong.

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Arbitrary detention of student activistand human rights defender by junta

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is gravely concerned to have learned that NanthapongBunpong, a human rights defender and student activist at Mahasarakham University, is being arbitrarily detained by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). According to information provided by the Thai Student Centre for Democracy, Nanthaphong was summoned by Major ChaidanKohkaew, from the Peace and Order Maintaining Command (POMC) of Mahasarakham, and ordered to report to the POMC Mahasarakham Headquarters in the Mahasarakham Governmental Complex at 1 PM on the 18th of July.

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Gen Prayuth expresses concerns over violence in South

BANGKOK, 22 July 2014, (NNT) - Head of National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) General Prayuth Chan-Ocha has expressed his concerns over the ongoing violence in the South, urging all sides to monitor and address the problem.

According to the Council, the number of violent incidents in the three southernmost provinces during the past three months has decreased by 55 compared to that of the same period last year.

Nonetheless, the NCPO Chief has instructed Internal Security Operation Command Region 4 to tighten its grip on the security measures.

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Two Months Under Military Rule

Deepening Censorship, Persecution, Draconian Orders

(New York, July 22, 2014) – The Thai military junta should immediately revoke rights-abusing martial law powers, end censorship, and stop persecuting dissidents and critics, Human Rights Watch said today. The junta should urgently restore democratic, civilian rule.

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Typhoon Rammasun wreaks havoc in north and northeastern Thailand

BANGKOK, 21 July 2014 (NNT) - Rivers across several communities in northeastern Thailand have overflowed due to the effects of Typhoon Rammasun, which has caused heavy rains throughout the area.

Typhoon Rammasun has caused torrential rainfall within Northeastern Thailand, with Yasothon province being the most-affected from the storm’s affects. Water levels along several canals have increased drastically, overflowing the banks and inundating 500 rais of rice fields.

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Earthquake victims in Chiang Rai to set up a disaster administration network

CHIANG RAI, 20 July 2014 (NNT) – People in 16 sub-districts in Chiang Rai Province who suffered through the recent earthquake are setting up a disaster administration network in order to solve the problems in a sustainable way in the future.

Authorities and the general public have held brainstorming sessions in cooperation with Kasetsart University to exchange ideas about natural disaster administration such as housing restoration, earthquake coping, disaster prevention and preparation courses and maintaining local funds to help future sufferers.

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Flash Flood monitoring and warning devices on standby

LAMPANG, 18 July 2014 (NNT)-The Lampang office of disaster prevention and mitigation, is taking steps to deal with the threat posed by flash flooding, likely from 17th-21st July 2014 as storms and heavy rainfall are expected.

The Lampang office of disaster prevention and mitigation has conducted a check up of flash flood warning devices in the areas most at risk, to be ready for the approaching weather depression in Thailand.

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Royal assistance to victims of floods and mudslide

NAN, 15 July 2014 (NNT) - Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn and Princess Srirasm have designated a royal representative to distribute bags of necessities to people who are suffering from flash floods and mudslide in Bo Klua district, Nan province.

Captain Paiboon Sukjetani of the Bureau of the Royal Household, brought royal bags of necessities to the hands of victims of the disaster at Ban Bo Yuak School in Tambon Bo Klua Nua.

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Dengue fever centers set up in Buriram after 200 patients diagnosed

BURIRAM, 16 July 2014 (NNT) -The Buriram Provincial Public Health Office has established dengue fever prevention centers in every district to prevent the disease from taking hold in a wide spread area. The number of patients aged between 10 – 14 years old is 198 so far, and the number is likely to increase during the rainy season.

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Burmese Refugees Criticize Thailand’s Push for Quicker Repatriation

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By SAW YAN NAING / THE IRRAWADDY

CHIANG MAI — Burmese refugees have criticized the Thai junta’s plan to send them home within the next year, saying they have been left in the dark about the repatriation process and are not yet ready to return.

Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, who leads the Thai junta, known as the National Council for Peace and Order, said on Monday that Thailand and Burma would work together to repatriate more than 120,000 Burmese refugees who live in camps along the border.

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2,000 sandbags filled and distributed to 3 flood-prone communities

RANONG, 15 July 2014 (NNT) – Soldiers have filled up 2,000 sandbags to be distributed to locals living in three communities prone to flooding.

Soldiers have joined hands with the provincial disaster prevention and mitigation office in handing out sandbags to the Ranong Land, Samakhi and Rong Gluang communities where continuous rainfall has battered the areas. The authorities will then later visit other communities that might be in need of more sandbags.

Officials will quickly asses the needs of each community for sufficient supply of sandbags.