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World + 14 others
Disability Inclusion: Translating Policy into Practice in Humanitarian Action

A new report highlights the challenges facing about 6.7 million people with disabilities who are forcibly displaced around the world due to persecution, conflict and human rights violations.

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Thailand + 1 other
Applying the INEE Minimum Standards to Education in a Protracted Refugee Situation: Part II

An interview with Simon Purnell, ZOA, Thailand

In the second portion of this interview, Mr. Purnell highlights how the INEE Minimum Standards have guided ZOA’s work to secure funding, train and coordinate actors in the camps and create a standardized framework for the new consortium as ZOA transitions out of Thailand in 2014.

See more interviews with INEE Working Group members here.

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52 provinces to see summer storms; 42 provinces declared drought disaster zones

BANGKOK, 20 April 2014 (NNT) – The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has warned 52 provinces to beware of sudden summer storms, while 288 districts in 42 provinces have already been declared drought disaster areas in need of assistance.

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Military distributes drinking water to drought-hit area

BANGKOK, 21 April 2014 (NNT) – Authorities are speeding up help for drought victims in Phichit Province. Around 18,000 liters of water have already been delivered to the affected area.

Soldiers from Phetchaburi Province traveled to Wang Sai Phun District in Phichit where they distributed 18,000 liters of water to 140 families affected by the severe drought. The hot weather conditions has reportedly impaired irrigation system in the area and caused widespread drought throughout the province.

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DDPM prepares to dole out measures to tackle drought

BANGKOK, 17 April 2014 (NNT) – The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department (DDPM) is set to implement new measures to tackle the drought crisis following reports that more than half of the country faces water shortages.

The DDPM said since drought was reported in Thailand during October of last year, 41 provinces have been declared drought disaster zones. Northern Thailand continues to be the region most affected by the disaster, with 13 provinces facing critical condition. Some provinces in other regions plagued by drought include Surin, Chainat, Trat, and Krabi.

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Lampang province declares 2 additional districts as storm disaster zones

LAMPANG, 17 April 2014 (NNT) - Lampang province has declared two additional districts as storm disaster zones after facing thunderstorms, gusty winds, and hailstorms.

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Northeastern Thailand swept by another storm

BANGKOK, 17 April 2014 (NNT) – Thailand’s northeastern provinces have been struck by another summer storm, causing damage to houses and public utilities.

Non Sa-at District in Udon Thani Province was hit hard by another storm, the fifth one this month. Twenty power line poles have collapsed onto a restaurant and a resort, while houses and other public utilities were heavily damaged by the strong wind. However, there were no reports of injuries.

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Storm causes extensive damage in 3 districts of Phitsanulok

PHITSANULOK, 16 April 2014 (NNT) – A storm has brought about extensive damage in 3 districts of Phitsanulok, although no deaths or injuries have been reported.

A storm lashed through the three districts on Monday, damaging 22 homes in Noen Maprang, 16 in Bangrakam, and 26 in Phrom Piram. A few cars were also reportedly damaged by fallen trees.

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Hailstorm ravages several homes in Lampang

LAMPANG, 15 April 2014 (NNT) - A hailstorm has wreaked havoc in Lampang Province during the Songkran holiday, causing damage to local homes as well as to the office building of the Pong Yang Khok Municipality.

Authorities from the municipality immediately went to inspect the damage to the office building. The storm struck last night [ April 14th ], causing the roof of the building to collapse and crash into three cars parked nearby. Fragments of tile were also scattered everywhere inside the building.

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Storms cause substantial damage in some districts of Nakhon Sawan

NAKHON SAWAN, 15 April 2014 (NNT) – Nakhon Sawan and Tak provinces were hit by storms on Monday, and substantial damage was incurred in some districts.

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More than 70 homes damaged by severe thunder storms

UTHAI THANI, 13 April 2014 (NNT) - Several villages in the central province of Uthai Thani were hit by severe thunder storms late Saturday night.

More than 70 houses in two villages have been damaged by the strong winds and heavy rain, which also uprooted a tamarind tree estimated to be over a hundred years old in Talookdu village of Taptan district.

The local administration office of Nong Yai Da has initially assessed damage in order to assist those residents in reconstructing their homes.

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PM urges Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation to help drought victims in 41 provinces

BANGKOK, 11 April 2014 (NNT) - The prime minister has directed the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) to administer urgent help to those suffering from the drought in 41 provinces and to come up with water management plans that makes the best use of the available water at hand.

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Despite storms, 40 provinces still facing drought

BANGKOK, 11 April 2014 (NNT) – The Meterological Department warned on Thursday there will be increased prevalence of storms and gusty winds during this period.

In Buriram province, a storm ploughed its way through the province and downed rubber trees on approximately 300 rai of plantation area, prompting the rubber plantation owners to urge for assistance from the state to help them cope with the damage.

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40 provinces hit by developing drought so far

BANGKOK, 10 April 2014 (NNT) - The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department (DDPM)has made known that 40 provinces across Thailand have now been declared drought disaster zones.

The DDPM said the Northern region is hardest hit, with 13 provinces being affected by the crisis. 8 provinces and 7 provinces in the Northeast and the South have also been hit by worsening drought.

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Over 100 houses in Kosamphi Nakhon District, Kamphaeng Phet, damaged by thunderstorm

KAMPHAENG PET, 8 April 2014 (NNT) - Over 100 houses in Kosamphi Nakhon District, Kamphaeng Phet Province, were damaged by a summer thunderstorm on April 5. Initially, administrative officers, Kosamphi Subdistict Administrative Officers, with Subdistrict headmen, and village headman explored the damaged houses to provide help to homeowners.

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38 provinces declared drought disaster zones

BANGKOK, 8 April 2014 (NNT) - The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department (DDPM) has reported that 38 provinces nationwide have been declared drought disaster zones.

The DDPM said provinces hit by severe drought included Tak, Chiang Mai, Surin and Krabi. The drought spans nearly 15,000 villages in 38 provinces. The agency is expediting assistance to drought-hit residents by surveying affected areas and effectively managing dwindling water resources.

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Philippines + 2 others
CTTA: Counter Terrorist Trends and Analysis Volume 6, Issue 3, April 2014

Southern Discomfort: Prospects for Thailand’s Malay Muslim Insurgency

The ‘Anti-Deradicalization’ Movement of Indonesian Terrorist Networks

Understanding the Contents in Bahasa Indonesia Extremist Websites

‘Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro’ – A Roadmap to Peace in the Southern Philippines?

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Thailand’s North and Northeast battered by summer storms

SI SA KET, 7 April 2014 (NNT) – Northern and northeastern regions of Thailand have been struck by summer storms, causing heavy damage to public property.

Si Sa Ket Province has been hard hit by a summer storm that lasted about an hour. The storm destroyed more than 300 houses, a number of vehicles, and electricity poles, resulting in at least 10 hours of blackout.

Very much like Si Sa Ket, Chainat was struck by a storm that caused damage to many houses in 3 sub-districts. Trees and street signs were also brought down by the gusty winds.