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Thailand + 7 others
Two Years with No Moon: Immigration Detention of Children in Thailand

A new report details how Thailand’s use of immigration detention violates children’s rights, risks their health and wellbeing, and imperils their development.

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Flooding in 14 provinces has been reduced

BANGKOK, 1 September 2014 (NTT) - Flooding in 14 provinces has been mitigated

Department chief, MR. Chaichai Promlert, said today that due to the heavy rain in many areas, seventeen provinces of Thailand have been hit by flood waters and 8,051 households have been impacted by the deluge that has led to 6 deaths.

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Flood risk Hospitals prepared for the emergency

BANGKOK, 1 September 2014 (NNT) - The announcement of a severe flood risk resulting from heavy rain, was immediately acted upon by hospitals preparing for an emergency

The Permanent Secretary for Public Health Dr. Narong Sahametapat said that after the announcement by the Meteorological Department, that twenty risk-prone provinces should be prepared for floods, PH had instructed seventy nine hospitals in the areas at risk to prepare themselves in case of any emergency. The hospitals are in a position to provide their services to any victims at any time.

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Thailand + 1 other
Trapped Burmese migrant workers strike in Chiang Mai

Burmese migrant workers are on strike in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai. They say they are being held in bonded labour, and that their employer is holding their passports, forcing them to work for as little as 270 Thai baht (US$8) per day. That is half of Thailand’s legal minimum wage.

The striking workers say they are often not paid for months on end, despite them being due their wage on a fortnightly basis.

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Thailand + 1 other
The Tide Is Turning for Burmese in Thailand, But Which Way?

Thailand’s migration and refugee policies have shifted since the military’s coup d’état in May. The Thai junta has initiated a policy of labor reforms, including a crackdown on undocumented migrant workers to allegedly combat corruption and human trafficking.

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Thailand contributes humanitarian assistance to UN Flash Appeal for Gaza

While Thailand welcomes the announcement of an open-ended ceasefire for Gaza, brokered under Egyptian auspices, Thailand shares the international community’s profound concern over the devastating impact of the conflict on innocent civilians, especially women and children, in the past two months.

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Cambodia + 1 other
"Third wave" of malaria resistance lurks on Thai-Cambodia border

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PHNOM PENH, 29 August 2014 (IRIN) - Public health experts and scientists warn history's third major bout of drug-resistant malaria could spread across Asia to Africa unless "radical action" is taken. Artemisinin-resistant strains on the Thailand-Cambodia border threaten the treatment's efficacy and pose containment challenges.

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PM tasks military with assisting flood-affected residents

BANGKOK, 28 August 2014 (NNT) – Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has expressed concerns over the risk of flooding in the country during this period and instructed military units to be ready to lend a hand to those affected.

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Court Ruling Furthers Impunity

Stymies Victims’ Right to Redress for 2010 Violence

(New York, August 29, 2014) – A Bangkok criminal court’s dismissal of charges against former Thai leaders for their role in the violent crackdown on protesters in May 2010 is a serious setback for accountability efforts in Thailand, Human Rights Watch said today.

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Myanmar + 1 other
Tenasserim to allot land for refugees, officials say

Government officials of Tenasserim Division [Tanintharyi Region] claimed that refugees residing in a camp in Thailand would soon be able to return to Burma as they are scouting for land for their resettlement.

The camp in question is Tham Hin, located in Thailand’s Ratchaburi province bordering Burma, which houses about 6,000 refugees. Karen Ethnic Affairs Minister Saw Harry visited the camp and said that 75 percent of the refugees wish to return home, so the divisional government is now looking for plots of land in Tenasserim Division to accommodate them.

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Floods in three provinces across Thailand ease

BANGKOK, 26 August 2014 (NNT) – The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) made known that the flood situation in 3 provinces across the country has eased, with water levels continuing to decline.

Due to widespread heavy rains and thunderstorms, Chiang Rai, Surat Thani, and Phuket province have been hit by waves of floods. In Chiang Rai, the situation has returned to normal after forest runoffs earlier submerged villages in Wiang Papao District.

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Their Majesties offer aid to northeastern flood victims

BANGKOK, 22 August 2014 (NNT) – Their Majesties the King and Queen have provided assistance to flood victims in Ubon Ratchathani after the northeastern province had been hit with heavy rains and landslides.

Provincial authorities have been instructed by Their Majesties to offer financial aid to a number of local households affected by the recent natural disasters. 500 relief packages have also been given to locals in the province.

Mobile medical units have provided free medical check-ups and dental services to residents living in the area.

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Relentless rain triggers flooding in Suratthani, Buriram

BURIRAM, 27 August 2014 (NNT) – Several provinces are once again facing the problems of inundation after relentless rain over the past few days.

In Satuk District in Buriram, floodwater rose to a height of 40 centimeters. At least one rice mill there has suffered damage; about 10 tons of rice has turned bad. Many roads in the district were also flooded. Much of the flooding has lifted by the end of Tuesday.

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World + 48 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 20-26 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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29 provinces warned of flash floods this week

BANGKOK, 25 August 2014 (NNT) – Twenty-nine provinces are being warned of flash floods that may occur during August 26-30, according to the Meteorological Department.

The department claims that the monsoon troughs lies across upper Thailand while the southwest monsoon remains over the Andaman, Thailand and the Gulf of Thailand.

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Myanmar + 5 others
South-East Asia Irregular Maritime Movements

UNHCR: Over 20,000 people risked lives in Indian Ocean in first half of 2014

A new UNHCR report on irregular maritime movements in South East Asia estimates that 20,000 people risked their lives in sea crossings in the first half of this year. Many were Rohingya who fled Myanmar and arrived in the region suffering the effects of malnutrition and abuse during the journey. Several hundred people were also intercepted on boats heading to Australia.

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Philippines + 8 others
ECHO Factsheet – East, Southeast Asia and the Pacific – August 2014

Key messages

  • The Asia-Pacific region is the most disaster-prone region in the world. The three largest disasters worldwide in the past four years have occurred in East and Southeast Asia.

  • Together with implementing partners, the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) carries out rapid assessments of needs and delivers immediate help to those affected by natural and man-made disasters. In the period 2013-2014, the Commission allocated more than € 90.69 million in humanitarian funding to the region.

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Thailand - Severe Weather (ECHO Daily Flash 21 August 2014)

  • Heavy rainfall has been affecting Thailand in the past few days, resulting in floods in several north-western provinces. In Phayao, 60 mm of rain were recorded in 24h over 19-20 August and in Chiang Rai 87 mm were measured in 24h, over 20-21 August.

  • As of 21 August, local media report eight villages hit by flash floods in Nan province. One person is missing, while over 300 houses have been affected. Floods have also affected parts of Phrae, Lampang and Phayao provinces.

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World + 10 others
Asia Pacific Food Price and Policy Monitor, July 2014 - Issue 12

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Regional general price inflation moderated to 5.7 percent in June after reaching 6.1 percent in May. Food price inflation slowed to 4.4 percent from 5 percent during the same period.

  • The benchmark Thai 100% B rice price rose 2.6 percent, but regional rice prices were stable.

  • Wheat prices fell annually by 3.5 percent in South Asia, and 8.2 percent in Pakistan.

  • China expects 122.6 million tonnes of wheat output this year, up 2 percent over last year.