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Drought-affected Yala in need of artificial rains

BANGKOK, 14 September 2014 (NNT) - The southern border province of Yala will ask the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives to conduct artificial rains during this period after it was hit by drought for more than six months.

Nakhon Yala Mayor Phongsak Yingchincharoen said drought affected the province’s tap water production for more than 16,200 people in the Yala municipality district. The municipality now produced tap water by 50% of its capacity since the water level of Pattani river, the main source of water, was very low, said the mayor.

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Flooding in Phichit continues

BANGKOK, 14 September 2014 (NNT) - The flood situation in Phichit is still critical with three districts having been affected by floods so far. The province’s main river Yom continues to overflow.

The three flood-affected districts include Sam Ngam, Pho Prathap Chang and Bueng Narang. 15 houses in Bueng Narang have been submerged by the flood waters from the first two districts. Although the flood water level is not as high as the previous year, it has prevented people from using roads and damaged some farmland.

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Ten years after 2004 Tsunami, successful exercise demonstrates the efficiency of Indian Ocean Warning System

The Tsunami Warning System established under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO in the Indian Ocean following the December 2004 disaster is functioning effectively. This was demonstrated in a simulation exercise conducted on 9 and 10 September 2014, with the participation of 24 countries of the Indian Ocean Rim*.

According to the preliminary results of the simulated alert, all of the participating countries received timely tsunami advisory messages, and no delays were reported.

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Narathiwat sets up Flood and Landslide Prevention Directorate Center for rainy season

NARATHIIWAT, 12 September 2014 (NNT) - Narathiwat has set up a Flood and Landslide Prevention Directorate for the rainy season The Governor of Narathiwat, Nuttapong Sirichana, reveals that the statistics of Narathiwat province, show that rain might be abundant from October to January which could lead to extensive flooding and landslides.

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Flash Flooding and Landslides Cause Fatalities and Widespread Damage to Refugee Camps on Thai-Myanmar Border

Unprecedented heavy rain in the past days resulted in flash flooding in Ban Mai Nai Soi and Ban Mai Surin refugee camps on the Thai-Myanmar border which are home to 11,800 and 2,900 refugees respectively. This resulted in the deaths of two refugees as well as considerable structural damage in the camp affecting almost 700 refugees in total, several landslides, and considerable damage to six Thai villages in the surrounding area.

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Neighbors on Alert as China Releases Deluge of Water from Mekong Dam

Radio Free Asia

Huge volumes of water being discharged from a hydropower dam on the Mekong River in southern China’s Yunnan province have placed the country’s downstream neighbors on high alert amid concerns over possible flash floods.

Officials in Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia are closely monitoring levels of the Southeast Asian artery after being informed by Beijing that the 1,750-megawatt Jinghong dam will need to release a huge volume of water downstream from Sept. 5-30 due to heavy rain upstream.

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DDPM summarizes Thailand's flood situation: 25 provinces recover while 4 still affected

BANGKOK, 10 September 2014 (NNT) -- Mr. Chatchai Promlert, Director General of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), has confirmed that many parts of Thailand have been experiencing heavy rain due to the depression in the north and the southwest monsoon. On August 26th, 2014, twenty-nine provinces were affected by floods. Of these, twenty-five have recently been recovered. However, the remaining four provinces: Sukhothai, Phichit, Nakhon Sawan, and Phitsanulok, encompassing fourteen districts, seventy-two sub-districts, and 362 villages are still affected.

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5 districts in Phichit severely flooded

BANGKOK, 11 September 2014 (NNT) - Five districts in Phichit province have been declared disaster zones after they were hard hit by floods. Phichit Governor Surachai Khan-asa expressed confidence that the flooding situation in the five districts will improve if no more rain falls.

The five districts include Mueang, Dong Charoen, Pho Prathap Chang, Sam Ngam and Thap Khlo. After the flood waters dried up, the province would lay out plans on water retention since many areas in the eastern part of Nan river still lacked water for rice cultivation, said the governor.

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Asia-Pacific Humanitarian Bulletin January - June 2014

The first six months of 2014 saw the most intense and highest number of storms in Asia and the Pacific compared to the same period over the last five years. Over 31 million people were affected by 58 natural disasters.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Lampang province assesses flood damages

LAMPANG, 11 September 2014 (NNT) – The water level in Lampang’s dams have increased after heavy rainfall. Meanwhile, officials in Wang Nuea District are assessing damages after flash floods and the Wang River has overflowed houses and public property.

Officials of the Lampang Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) in Wang Nuea District have inspected areas damaged by the floods.

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Attitude adjustment –100 days under Martial Law


Thailand: No let-up in spiral of repression 100 days after military takeover

Hundreds of arbitrary detentions, reports of torture and other ill-treatment, sweeping restrictions on freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and unfair trials in military courts are creating a climate of fear in Thailand, and there are no signs of a let-up, Amnesty International said today in a new report.

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Health Ministers commit to eliminating kala-azar


09 September 2014, Dhaka: Health Ministers from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Thailand today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in the elimination of Visceral Leishmaniasis (kala-azar) from their countries . Over 147 million people in the South-East Asia Region are at risk of contracting this life-threatening disease, mainly in Bangladesh, India and Nepal, with recent, sporadic cases being reported from Bhutan and Thailand as well.

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Royal interest in the plight of children orphaned by floods

BANGKOK, 10 September 2014 (NNT) - His Majesty the King yesterday designated Thanpuying Vilawan Viranuwat, an executive member of the Rajaprajanugroh Foundation under the Royal Patronage, to visit children orphaned by floods during 2002-2011 in Ayutthaya Province.

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Storm warnings in 15 provinces of eastern and southern Thailand

BANGKOK, 9 September 2014 (NNT) – Fifteen provinces in eastern and southern Thailand are warned of heavy rain and strong winds during the period 9th to 14th September.

Due to the monsoonal trough passing through the upper part of Thailand and a southwest monsoon across the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, scattered rain is likely over much of the country with isolated heavy rain in the East and on the South West Coast with wave heights of 2-3 meters in the Andaman Sea and upper Gulf of Thailand from 9th to 14th September 2014.

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Floodwaters damage more than 853,000 rai of agricultural land in the North

BANGKOK, 9 September 2014 (NNT) – More than 853,000 rai of farmland have been devastated by floods that recently hammered Thailand’s northern region.

According to Permanent Secretary for Agriculture and Cooperatives Chavalit Chukachorn, the damage to agricultural farms includes 160,000 livestock animals, 390,000 freshwater species, and 58,000 rai of rice fields.

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Irrigation Department says this year's flood situation not too worrisome

BANGKOK, 9 September 2014 (NNT) – The Irrigation Department asserted on Monday the flood situation was not worrisome this year, although those living on lowlands would need to maintain caution against floods.

Irrigation Department officials said reservoirs located north of Bangkok are still able to take in at least another 50% of their capacities. However, lowland areas near the Chao Phraya River, namely Sena and Bangban districts of Ayutthaya and Bang Rakam and Phromphiram districts of Phitsanulok are currently flooded.

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No run-off of flood waters from the North to swell Chaopraya river

BANGKOK, 8 August 2014 (NNT)- The director general of the Royal Thai Irrigation Department has given assurances that there is no heavy runoff or flood water from the northern mountains flowing into the Chao Praya river.

Nevertheless, during the past week more than 27 provinces have been hit by floods in the countryside and many people were affected by the deluge. Flood waters later receded in 24 provinces, but continued to plague the remaining three provinces causing fears of rising water levels in the lower Chao Phraya river area.

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Nakhon Ratchasima hosts workshop on management of water in Northeast, South

NAKHON RATCHASIMA, 9 September 2014 (NNT) – Nakhon Ratchasima province played host on Monday to a workshop on problems related to waterways in the Northeastern and Southern Regions, with an aim to use the findings at the workshop to draft the water resources management plan for the Northeast and South.