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Deep South residents will be part of peace process

PATTANI, 21 October 2014 (NNT)-Deep South residents have been encouraged to help authorities restore peace under Toong Yang Deang Model, which is a strategy said to be more comprehensive in dealing with various issues in the areas.

The Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center (SBPAC) and the Internal Security Council have been working together under the model to assure safety. Residents will also be asked to report to the authorities and look out for one another.

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How Changing Behaviour is Beating Malaria in Thailand

By Angela Carreño and Alison Crawshaw

IOM Thailand, with the support of the Global Fund, is implementing a malaria Behaviour Change Communication campaign to reach migrants and their host communities with malaria and personal protection messages. This includes multilingual comic books, posters, flip charts, board games and radio broadcasts which together have reached almost 170,000 beneficiaries over the first two years of the campaign.

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Asia and the Pacific region celebrates World Food Day with a focus on small holder and family farmers towards the eradication of hunger

Bangkok, Thailand, 15 Oct 2014 -- This year’s World Food Day (16 October) is celebrated across Asia and the Pacific with increasing optimism that the region could achieve the Millennium Development Goal on reducing hunger by 2015.

This was among the key messages delivered on the eve of World Food Day at a regional event in Bangkok to mark WFD 2014, convened by the Asia-Pacific regional office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The theme of this year’s celebration is ‘Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the earth.’

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UN Body Requires Rights Commitment

Revoke Military Law, Restore Democratic Civilian Rule

(New York) – Thailand’s credibility as a potential member of the United Nations Human Rights Council depends on the government’s addressing urgent human rights concerns at home, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, on October 18, 2014.

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ASEAN Weekly Disaster Update, 06 - 19 October 2014

Please visit ASEAN Disaster Information Network (http://adinet.ahacentre.org) for Details of Information:

INDONESIA

1009 houses were submerged in 5 sub-districts in South Aceh. (http://adinet.ahacentre.org/reports/view/726)

THAILAND

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Address human rights concerns in order to be a credible and legitimate UNHRC member

Paris, Bangkok, 20 October 2014: Thailand’s military junta, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), must urgently address serious human rights concerns if the country wants to be a credible and legitimate member of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), FIDH and its member organization Union for Civil Liberty (UCL) urged today.

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Flood projects run aground

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Bangkok Post

Writer: Patsara Jikkham and Apinya Wipatayotin

Little tangible progress has been made on the water management projects started by the previous government after the devastating floods of 2011.

The past government launched projects to deal with both floods and droughts but little has been accomplished, thanks to what experts say is a combination of protest action by residents, lack of research into the projects, and the way the megaprojects were bundled together, making work on individual components hard to achieve.

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Humanitarian Assistance in Review - East Asia and the Pacific | Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 – 2014

Recurrent floods, earthquakes, volcanoes, and seasonal typhoons present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Some countries also face civil unrest and associated humanitarian impacts, as well as limited government capacity to respond to disasters. Between FY 2005 and FY 2014, USAID’s Office of U.S.

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8 provinces no longer in flood crisis

BANGKOK, 13 October 2014 (NNT)-Three provinces in Thailand are still struggling with floods while the situations in 8 other provinces have now improved.

According to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, hundreds of homes and nearly a thousand of rai of farmlands in Surat Thani, Petchaburi and Trang remain inundated due to heavy rains. Their situations, however, are expected to return to normal in a few days provided that there are no rains in between.

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Thailand/Europe: Urge End to Military Rule at Summit

Asia-Europe Meeting Should Send Clear Message on Rights

(New York) – Leaders at the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit should press Thailand’s junta leader to improve human rights and restore democratic civilian rule, Human Rights Watch said today in lettersto ASEM foreign ministers. ASEM is an informal process that brings together the 28 European Union member states and 2 other European countries with 20 Asian countries.

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The risk of disaster-induced displacement in south-east Asia and China

A new paper aims to assess the risk of disaster-induced displacement in the 10 member states of ASEAN plus China to guide development and preparedness planning.

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Pa La U Medical Update – 27th Sep 2014

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Jungle Aid

On 27th September we visited two villages to provide medical assistance and conduct other community development work. Whilst we took twelve volunteers to Bang Saphan, we were able to take a further eight to Baan Pa La U, including a doctor and supporting medical staff.

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53 Migrants Detained After Thai Trafficking Bust

By LAWI WENG

RANGOON — Scores of refugees are in detention after being rescued by Thailand’s anti-human trafficking police from a rubber plantation just north of Phuket in Thailand’s Phang Nga province.

The 53 men were found by police in an early morning raid on Saturday. Two male Thai nationals have been arrested on charges of human trafficking.

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World celebrates resilience and older people

By Denis McClean

GENEVA, October 13, 2014 - A tsunami of 4.5 million tweets rolled out across the world today in support of the 25th International Day for Disaster Reduction as UNISDR and HelpAge International joined forces to launch Charter 14 for Older Persons in Disaster Risk Reduction.

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PM to chair sufficiency economy meeting while calling for security in southern provinces

BANGKOK, 13 October 2014 (NNT) - The Prime Minister is set to meet on strategic plans for the implementation of the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy while urging the Army Commander to prevent a repeat of school arson from occurring.

Prime Minister and head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) General Prayuth Chan-O-cha will chair a meeting on the strategic plan to implement economic developments in accordance with His Majesty's Sufficiency Economy Philosophy in a four year road map from 2014-2017.

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Flooding remains in four provinces, says DDPM

BANGKOK, 12 October 2014 (NNT) - Mr. Chatchai Phromlert, Director-General of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) said that due to the torrential rain in many parts of the country since 4 October, there has been flooding in 11 provinces, affecting people in 359 villages of 29 districts.

However, the situation has returned to normal in 7 provinces, namely Ratchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Satun, Kanchanaburi, Krabi, Nokhon Sawan and Nakhon Ratchasima.

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Update on Surat Thani's flood

SURAT THANI, 10 October 2014 (NNT) -- Flooding has eased in many areas of Surat Thani. The province expects the situation will be back to normal in a few days, if there is no more rain.

According to the Natural Disaster Prevention and Mitigation office, water in four villages has receded; however, two lowland districts are still flooded. More than 10,000 rai of arable land is inundated.

The province has sent out 18 barges carrying drinking water, medicine and other necessities to be distributed to villagers who were trapped in high-level floods.

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Six provinces in Thailand still hit by floods

BANGKOK, 9 October 2014 (NNT) – The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) made known that 6 provinces across the country have been hit by severe flooding.

DDPM chief Chatchai Promlert said that heavy overnight rains have triggered floods in Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Krabi, Ratchaburi, Satun, and Surat Thani provinces. Severe thunderstorms have also injured 14 people and damaged property in Ranong province.

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Provincial governors told to expedite flood relief

SATUN, 9 October 2014 (NNT) – Minister of Interior General Anupong Paochinda has asked governors of flood-affected provinces to urgently survey the damage in order to draw up immediate relief plans for victims.

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Food Outlook - Biannual Report on Global Food Markets, October 2014

According to the latest edition of FAO's biannual Food Outlook report, global markets for most foodstuffs are more stable than they have been in recent years