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24 Mar 2017 description

NAKHON RATCHASIMA, 23 March 2017 (NNT) - Government agencies have offered assistance to farmers in several provinces affected by the drought crisis.

In Nakhon Ratchasima, the Office of Northeastern Royal Rainmaking Operation Center revealed that crops grown on more than 100 rais of farmland in Kham Talayso district have begun to wilt and die after weeks without water. Another round of cloud seeding operation is set to take place in the near future to save the remaining plants in the area.

24 Mar 2017 description
report Bangkok Post

WRITER: WASSANA NANUAM

PHITSANULOK - Thailand will ask nearly 70,000 refugees displaced by skirmishes in Myanmar to return home, but only on a voluntary basis. Those ready to make the trip back home will be sent only gradually, 3rd Army chief Lt Gen Vijak Siribansop said Thursday.

Nay Pyi Taw has prepared areas for them and current peace talks with armed ethnic groups in Myanmar look promising, he said.

18 Mar 2017 description

THAILAND, 18th March 2017 (NNT) – Many provinces are stepping up measures in preparation for the annual drought crisis.

Nong Khai Governor Suchart Noppawan, has undertaken drought-prevention projects in the province including pipeline enlargement, the installation of large-scale water pumping machines, and the construction of water distribution facilities. The governor said the residents and up to 2,000 rai or 790 acres of farmland will benefit from these projects.

13 Mar 2017 description

BANGKOK, 13 March 2017 (NNT) – The Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Interior has reiterated to all local officials across the nation that they must adhere to water management guidelines during the drought season while also urging farmers to cooperate with the government and desist from planting crops during this period.

13 Mar 2017 description
report Jungle Aid

by Caitlin | Mar 12, 2017

Background on Ba Mak Village

13 Mar 2017 description
report Jungle Aid

by Caitlin | Mar 12, 2017

Bon Luk

Once again, we had a large group of volunteers visiting Bon Luk. We left early in two 4x4s, one on which was kindly sponsored by our long time sponsor, Dave of Hua Hin Car Hire, and drove to Bon Luk.

We had one nurse and 6 volunteers with us.

Immediately on our arrival, our nurse Annie set up the clinic with Nim assisting with translation as well as medical journal and Paul helping with medical bag. We saw 23 patients with 2 needing follow up at the hospital. We will be coordinating hospital visits for these two patients.

13 Mar 2017 description
report Jungle Aid

by Caitlin | Mar 12, 2017

Pa LA U village has 39 houses and about 200 people who have limited medical care and education and insufficient access to healthy food, clean water, electricity, toilets and waste disposal facilities.

The trip had several aims:

13 Mar 2017 description
report The Irrawaddy

By Leena Zieger

The changes in Burma’s political landscape have affected the country’s population in varying ways.

Among the less fortunate citizens are tens of thousands of young refugees whose concerns and qualifications continue to be sidelined in the country’s reform process.

Thousands of youth live in limbo along the Thailand-Burma border, where decline in donor funding has adversely impacted the refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) whose lives depend on international assistance and services provided by local ethnic organizations.

12 Mar 2017 description

BANGKOK, 12th March 2017 (NNT) - The northeastern province of Si Saket has been preparing measures to deal with the approaching drought.

Director of the Si Saket Royal Irrigation Project, Chamras Suangchan said on Saturday that water stored at the Rasi Salai Dam and the Hua Na Dam as well as at 16 other reservoirs in the province is currently at 70% of their combined capacity, which is 14% better than at the the same time last year.

08 Mar 2017 description
report The Irrawaddy

By Saw Yan Naing

CHIANG MAI, Thailand — A growing number of suicide cases in a Burmese refugee camp in Mae La, Thailand has raised concerns with camp authorities.

Saw Honest, the chairman of Mae La camp which hosts around 40,000 refugees, told The Irrawaddy that there were 54 reported suicide attempts in 2016, in which the majority died.

“It is alarming, so we tried to find out what was behind it,” said Saw Honest.

Community leaders and camp authorities said alcohol and drug abuse were key factors in the rise, along with cases of domestic violence.

04 Mar 2017 description

NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 4th March 2017 (NNT) – A group of businessmen from Malaysia has donated a sum of money to the victims of the devastating floods that swept through southern Thailand in January.

Nakhon Si Thammarat Governor Sakon Chantharak this week greeted a group of businesspersons from Malaysia’s Kelantan state, who presented him with 300,000 baht to be spent on renovating and fixing houses that were damaged by the floods.

03 Mar 2017 description
report UNAIDS

The Bamrasnaradura Infectious Disease Institute in Nonthaburi is one of Thailand’s premier hospitals in AIDS treatment and care. Its waiting rooms welcome many patients. This month, people waiting for appointments will see on hospital screens stories about people living with HIV who overcame stigma thanks to support from their communities. Bamrasnaradura is one of around 1000 hospitals in Thailand that have joined the zero discrimination in health-care settings campaign.

01 Mar 2017 description

NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 01 March 2017 (NNT) - Officials in Nakhon Si Thammarat province are working to fix garbage disposal problems after a month-long flood.

The cleanup operation followed an instruction from Director-General of the Pollution Control Department (PCD) Jatuporn Buruspat. Local officials are sanitizing the flooded areas and sending collected garbage directly to a waste-to-energy plant, instead of to a regular treatment system.

23 Feb 2017 description

Thailand recovered in 2016 from a severe two-year El Niño-related drought, which had substantially reduced irrigation supplies and rice acreage in the country. Bountiful rainfall during the recent wet season replenished important reservoirs which supply the agricultural sector and enabled the government to lift restrictions on irrigated rice acreage during the 2016-17 dry season (November through May). Farmers responded by increasing rice acreage by an estimated 975,000 hectares compared to last year.

16 Feb 2017 description

NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, Thailand, February 16, 2017 -- Today, U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Glyn T. Davies announced an additional $500,000 to continue disaster risk reduction activities to help schools and communities in Thailand be better prepared for flooding and other disasters.

16 Feb 2017 description

Thailand recovered in 2016 from a severe two-year El Niño-related drought, which had substantially reduced irrigation supplies and rice acreage in the country. Bountiful rainfall during the recent wet season replenished important reservoirs which supply the agricultural sector and enabled the government to lift restrictions on irrigated rice acreage during the 2016-17 dry season (November through May). Farmers responded by increasing rice acreage by an estimated 975,000 hectares compared to last year.