Bangkok, Thailand | AFP | Friday 7/31/2015 - 05:34 GMT
Fourteen people were wounded in an attack Friday by suspected rebels wielding grenade launchers and automatic weapon in Thailand's war-torn Muslim-majority south, officials said.
The early morning attack on village security volunteers, a local protection force armed by the state against the rebels, in Yala province left four seriously wounded, police told AFP.
BANGKOK, 31 July 2015 (NNT) - The Department of Groundwater Resources (DGR) is expediting its well drilling project in drought affected areas, in its bid to help agriculturalists facing water shortage.
The department plans to drill new wells and dredge existing wells to make up a total number of 891 wells. 81.3 percent of the figure, or 725 wells are now operational. These wells offer slightly over 250,000 cubic meters of ground water per day.
· FAO’s global cereal price index continued to fall in Q2-2015, down 19 percent year-on-year.
· The real price of wheat dropped a further 9 percent over the last quarter. Prices are 33 percent lower than in Q2-2014, thanks to increased global supply and lower consumption.
· The real price of maize has fallen by 3 percent since Q1-2015 and is 21 percent lower than inQ2-2014. However, global production for 2015/16 is set to be lower and thus prices are likely to rise.
Cáritas. 30 de julio de 2015.- Ante le celebración, hoy 30 de julio, del Día Mundial contra la Trata de Personas, Cáritas Española llama la atención sobre la violación de derechos humanos que para millones de personas en todo el mundo supone esta denigrante forma de esclavitud moderna, que se estima que es el segundo negocio ilegal más lucrativo a nivel mundial.
Mae Pa, Thailand – The UN’s refugee agency unveiled a draft plan this week detailing how to carry out the voluntary repatriation of 110,000 refugees residing in Thailand’s camps, drawing mixed reactions from camp leaders.
• Severe weather has caused extensive damage in southern Asian countries over the past couple of weeks.
El Niño in Asia: Prolonged dry weather in several countries affecting plantings and yield potential of the 2015 main season food crops
Prolonged dry weather associated with El Niño has impaired the production outlook for the ongoing 2015 main season in several countries, including Cambodia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the Philippines and Viet Nam
UN Backs Disaster Resilience Plans for Hotels in Asia and the Pacific
29 July 2015, GENEVA – The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today announced a plan to develop and pilot disaster risk management standards for the hotel industry in Asia and the Pacific, home to 80% of the world’s disaster events.
By Kathleen Newland
Monsoon storms have caused major flash flooding and landslides in parts of Tak and Mae Hong Son provinces in the North, cutting off land routes to many villages.
In tambon Mae Tan of Tak's Tha Song Yang district, heavy rains and strong winds have caused rock slips and landslides along a road linking the district with Mae Hong Son's Mae Sariang district, which temporarily blocked traffic Tuesday.
Since Monday, heavy rains have hit several parts of Mae Hong Son, bringing flash floods to tambon Mae Suad of Sop Moei district in the province.
BANGKOK, 28 July 2015 (NNT)-The Ministry of Interior has said water shortages in Thailand have become less severe thanks to the recent rainfalls.
Interior Minister General Anupong Paojinda said water levels in various dams have gradually increased following weeks of precipitation.
He said the situation will gradually improve as more rain has been predicted for next month. More water will also be released to revive parched farmlands.
The minister added that the career program would remain in place for farmers, in line with the cabinet’s resolution.
Heavy seasonal rainfall on 14-19 Jul caused flooding in Sagaing Region.
On 23 Jul, the Government's Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD) reported that some 70,000 people were affected by the floods in 11 townships, with nine fatalities and over 12,000 houses damaged.
PATTANI — A monk and a soldier were killed and six others were injured when a bomb hidden in a garbage bin went off in Pattani early on Saturday.
Police were alerted of the bombing on the road to the back of the Sai Buri police station in Taluban municipality at 6.30am.
They found eight people injured at the scene. Three of them were members of an army team assigned to protect Buddhist monks. Two of them were monks and the remaining three were local people.
BANGKOK, 23 July 2015 (NNT)-The Royal Thai Army has released a caravan of trucks to deliver bottled water to people affected by water shortages in the North and Northeast of Thailand.
The Royal Thai Army and Siam Cement Group (SCG) have joined hands launching a drought relief campaign to help people suffering from the ongoing drought crisis. 28 large drinking water tanks will be installed in 7 provinces in the North and Northeast under the campaign.
UTTARADIT, 23 July 2015 (NNT) - More than 20 million cubic meters of water has flowed into Sirikit Dam, the biggest volume in recent months.
According to Uttaradit provincial authorities, due to days of heavy rains, a large amount of water has found its way into the dam, increasing the water volume to 32.92 million cubic meters. Currently, 280.6 million cubic meters of water is available for the use of nearby provinces.
Around 11.11 million cubic meters of water is being diverted into communities daily from the dam for consumption purposes.
CHONBURI, 23 July 2015 (NNT) – The Irrigation Office of the eastern province of Chonburi reports that the discharge of water supplies still operates as normal despite a shortfall in raindrops.
The Regional Irrigation Office 9 revealed the amount of rainfalls since the dry season has dropped by eight percent compared to the same period last year. Nevertheless, the irrigation office’s water management plan can be carried out as usual.
Source: Reuters - Fri, 24 Jul 2015 05:33 GMT
By Amy Sawitta Lefevre
BANGKOK, July 24 (Reuters) - Thailand on Friday indicted 72 people suspected of involvement in human trafficking, just days before the United States issues its latest assessment of the country's anti-trafficking efforts next week.
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