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23 Jun 2017 description

LOPBURI, 22 June 2017 (NNT) – The Meteorological Department has warned that all areas of the nation will see thunderstorms and showers with Lopburi hit by runoff after a heavy bout of rain.

The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) Office 10 has joined military units in Lopburi to setup water barriers along the Phon Thong canal in Baan Mie district of the province. The over 10 kilometers of support is in response to forest runoff that has swelled the waterway and resulted in flooding of some farms and residences.

20 Jun 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Forced Repatriation, Inhumane Detention Adds Misery to Asylum Seekers

Once again, World Refugee Day has arrived with no improvement in Thailand’s abysmal treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.

Despite having decades of experience hosting millions of refugees, Thailand still has no refugee law or credible national procedures for granting asylum. The result is refugees and asylum seekers are in a precarious state, vulnerable to abuse.

20 Jun 2017 description

Men under 50 were most at risk

By Emma Batha

LONDON, June 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of recorded suicides and attempted suicides has soared at Thailand's largest camp for refugees from Myanmar, the International Organization for Migration said on Monday as it called for urgent action to treat high levels of distress.

19 Jun 2017 description

Squatter communities along canals are no strangers to floods - but they are happening more often, and the concerns of the urban poor are being overlooked, say experts

By Thin Lei Win

BANGKOK, June 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In Phrom Samrit, a squatter settlement along a major canal in Bangkok, most of the 300 households live cheek by jowl and have become used to floods after living next to water all their lives. But now their resilience is being chipped away, says Adirak Sangnut, the slum's elected leader.

18 Jun 2017 description
report Bangkok Post

WRITER: APINYA WIPATAYOTIN

The historic economic loss caused by mega-floods which hit the Central region in 2011 is still haunting the government today as pressure mounts for it to come up with a concrete plan to prevent or limit...

13 Jun 2017 description

UTHAI THANI, 12 June 2017 (NNT) – The North and Northeastern regions have been told to stay on alert for floods this week with heavy rains predicted throughout the period.

13 Jun 2017 description

Total Verified Refugee Population* 100,388
* (Verification Exercise conductedfrom Jan-Apr 2015 and subsequent data changes to-date)

Registered population 50,301

Unregistered population 50,087

02 Jun 2017 description

UTHAI THANI, 2 June 2017 (NNT) - The Meteorological Department has reiterated rains across the country will lessen over the weekend but flooding from previous showers are still affecting some areas.

28 May 2017 description

BANGKOK, 27 May (NNT) - The Prime Minister has instructed the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to integrate all units towards alleviating traffic problems and floods with a focus on lowland areas, urging the public to throw garbage away correctly in order to prevent drains from being clogged up.

26 May 2017 description
report Bangkok Post

Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang offered a public apology to Bangkok residents Thursday after they endured one of the worst days of flooding in years.

"I've tried my best and truly understand how badly the people are suffering the consequences of the floods. I apologise for this trouble with no excuses and I am willing to listen to all complaints and criticism," Pol Gen Aswin said.

He was speaking after he spent Thursday morning visiting flood-affected areas in Bangkok, following a seven-hour downpour throughout the city.

23 May 2017 description

SITUATION

  • Heavy rain has been affecting several northern provinces over the past week days causing floods.

  • According to local media, as of 22 May at 7.00 UTC, 2 000 people were evacuated in Uttaradit province and 800 houses were damaged in Kamphaeng Phet.

22 May 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Targeting of Army Medical Facility Horrific, Inexcusable

(New York, May 22, 2017) – The detonation of a pipe bomb at an army-run hospital in Bangkok that also treats civilians is an unjustifiable act of lawlessness, Human Rights Watch said today. The bomb exploded at about 10 a.m. on May 22, 2017, in the dispensary waiting room of Phra Mongkutklao Hospital, injuring at least 24 people – three critically.

22 May 2017 description
  • Heavy rain has been affecting several northern provinces over the past week, causing floods.

  • According to local media, as of 22 May at 7.00 UTC, 2 000 people were evacuated in Uttaradit province and 800 houses were damaged in the province of Kamphaeng Phet.

  • Over the next 24 h, moderate to locally heavy rain is forecast for the northern and northeast areas of the country. The National Disaster Warning Center has warned the population about the risk of flash floods in the eastern and southern provinces.

22 May 2017 description
report Bangkok Post

Heaviest downpour in 15 years in Sukhothai

The heaviest floods in 15 years have forced the closure of several businesses in the commercial heart of Khiri Mat district in Sukhothai.

Despite the flood, the irrigation agency has dismissed a chance of the country facing a repeat of the 2011 flood crisis.

Shops and businesses in the downtown municipality were closed as floodwaters rose rapidly on Sunday.

22 May 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Empty promises to respect rights, restore democracy

(New York) – Thailand’s junta has failed to fulfill pledges to respect human rights and restore democratic rule three years after the military coup, Human Rights Watch said today. The ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), led by Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, has instead prolonged its crackdown on basic rights and freedoms, and devised a quasi-democratic system that the military can manipulate and control.

21 May 2017 description

BANGKOK, 18 May 2017 (NNT) – Health care units in flood-risk areas are to prepare action plans in order to minimize disruptions and ensure serviceability.

The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has instructed officials attached to health care units to get readied for flooding as two provincial hospitals and their medical instruments have been reportedly affected by flooding, forcing transfers of some patients to other hospitals.

21 May 2017 description

BANGKOK, 18th May 2017 (NNT) - Several provinces have experienced both damage and blessings following days of heavy rain.

In the northern province of Nan, municipal workers are speeding up the dredging of canals in response to thundershowers that triggered flooding in the city center this week. Water pumps have been installed at inundated areas to quicken the floodwater removal.

18 May 2017 description
  • Heavy rain has been affecting northern provinces of the country over the past few days, causing flash floods.

  • According to local media, as of 18 May at 7.00 UTC, 50 people were evacuated from a hospital in Kamphaeng Phet province and 200 households were flooded in Nam Phi province.

  • Over the next 24 h, heavy to very heavy rain is forecast for northeastern and eastern parts of the country. The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, as of 18 May at 7.00 UTC, warned the population about the risk of flash floods and landslides.