FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Paddy production in 2016 to recover after two consecutive years of drought-reduced outputs
Rice exports in 2016 forecast close to last year’s high level
Domestic prices of rice declining
Paddy production in 2016 forecast to recover
More than 23,000 stateless people have been granted Thai nationality in the last four years as the Southeast Asian nation seeks to end statelessness by 2024.
By: Nantanee Jedsadachaiyut and Nadia Al-jasem | 24 November 2016
CHIANG RAI, Thailand – When Sawitree* turned seven, she tried to apply for her Thai nationality card.
But despite having been born in the Southeast Asian nation she could not meet the application requirements as her Thai father could not be found.
Prosecute abusive officials, end retaliation against activists in Deep South
Heavy rain has been affecting the country over the past few days, causing floods. Approximately 53 mm of rain over 24 hours were recorded in Chaiyaphum city (Chaiyaphum province), and 53 mm in Buriram city (Buriram province) over 7-8 November.
According to local media, as of 11 November early morning, several households have been evacuated and at least 200 houses have been damaged in the province of Khon Kaen. Local media also reported that the most affected district is Mueang Khon Kaen (Khon Kaen province).
Leslie Wilson | November 7, 2016
For more than 20 years, hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers from Myanmar (Burma) have lived inside Thailand along the Thai-Myanmar border – next to their country yet far from their homes . Last week, I visited one refugee camp that is home to about 6,000 people, mainly from the Karen ethnic group, who live in isolation from much of the world.
Government Spokesperson revealed that flash flood in Phetchaburi has alleviated, and the situation is expected to return to normal in 1-2 days.
Water-retention areas would receive payouts
WRITER: SUPOJ WANCHAROEN
The Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) has proposed an idea of collecting a "flood tax" from people living in areas declared "flood prevention zones" and using the tax revenue to pay financial compensation to areas designated as floodwater-retention zones.
The idea was floated at a session organised by the TDRI in Bangkok yesterday.
WRITER: PIYARACH CHONCHAROEN AND SAICHON SRINUANJAN
Flash floods triggered by days of heavy rain have swamped at least 800 houses and large areas of farmland, and closed roads, in parts of Kanchanaburi and adjoining Ratchaburi provinces in the west of the country.
In Kanchanaburi, the downpour caused flooding in three villages in Huay Krachao district. A total of 82 households were affected.
Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi’s Aid distributions in Thailand in recent days have helped nearly 1,500 families who were affected by flooding in Ayutthaya Province. Although the country is in a period of mourning, people are still eager to spread love as communities move forward in this difficult time. Some Thai residents who offered to help Tzu Chi with the distribution when they learned that volunteers were short handed at the event.
On 25-26 October 2016, Thailand and Myanmar join hands on the voluntary return of the pilot group of 71 displaced persons from Myanmar who have been residing in Thailand for more than 30 years. The returnees comprise of 6 displaced persons from Tham Hin Temporary Shelter in Ratchaburi Province and 65 from Nupo Temporary Shelter in Tak Province. This historic undertaking was under cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) with support from the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Heavy rain has continued to affect the Central Plains region over the past week causing more floods (a total of 14 provinces across the country). Approx. 92 mm of rain in 24 h were recorded in Phliu Agromet over 9-10 October, while many areas have reported persistent heavy rain over the last two weeks. Ayutthaya province in particular is experiencing some severe flooding, with around 22 000 homes inundated as well as a number of important historical buildings and temples.
Thailand - The European Union (EU) and IOM today officially launched a project to support the well-being of Myanmar Muslims and their host communities in Thailand.
The four-year, EUR 2.83 million (USD 3.15 million) project, of which 90 percent is funded by the EU, is also supported by the US State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugee and Migration (PRM).
More rain likely until mid to late October
Almost 250 areas in Bangkok are particularly vulnerable to flooding, according to City Hall as it deploys manpower and equipment to mitigate future inundations.
Plans are afoot to relieve the effects of flooding particularly in 247 areas identified by City Hall as being highly prone to floods.
These include 30 in central Bangkok with concerns centred around Chao Phraya River communities including areas in Song Wad Road.
- Flooding in two villages in Demak, Central Java affected 110 families, submerging their houses.
- Mt. Barujari in East Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara erupted. The volcano spewed volcanic ash 2,000 meters above the crater when it erupted. The local authority evacuated 400 tourists and climbers to avoid casualty.
- The Southwest Monsoon aggravated by Typhoon Helen brought heavy rains that caused flooding in 3 municipalities in the province of Bulacan. 356 families of 1,559 persons were relocated to 6 evacuation centers.