By Jared Ferrie
YANGON, 13 October 2015 (IRIN) - After spending the summer rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean, a ship owned by an American millionaire will attempt to do the same in Southeast Asia. But the Migrant Offshore Aid Station could find itself sailing into a sea of trouble in a region where rules governing the rights of migrants and refugees are harsher and less clear-cut than in Europe.
PATHUM THANI, 13 October 2015, (NNT) – Pathum Thani Governor Surachai Khan-Asa and his wife Thongpin Khan-Asa, the president of the provincial Red Cross Office, have visited flood victims in Lamlukka district.
The couple and related government officials handed out survival kits and other essential items to owners of about 20 houses affected by flood.
According to officials, the inundation was caused by flood water overflowing the drainage system in Klong 12, adding that the situation has returned to normal and there have been no report of any property damage.
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Thailand's junta on Tuesday said rifts within the largest and most violent rebel group in the kingdom's deep south were overshadowing the prospect of fresh peace talks to end the 11-year insurgency.
A bloody conflict has claimed more than 6,400 lives -- the majority civilians -- in Thailand's southernmost provinces, which are predominantly Muslim and were colonised by Thailand over a century ago.
Seventy-five-year-old Boonpeng has spent his whole life in the village of Fang in Thailand’s Pong Nam Ron sub-district. He grew up and went to school there, and eventually went to work in the fields growing crops. After retiring at the age of 65, he became leader of the older people’s association for the sub-district.
On 24 September 2011, a flood hit Boonpeng’s village Two people were killed, 58 houses were destroyed and a bridge collapsed. It was then that he got involved in disaster risk reduction, as he explained:
The September trip to Baan Pa La U was the first time Jungle Aid has spent three consecutive days on a single visit to a village. There was a lot to be done…..
The village has 30 houses with 200 people who have limited medical care and education and virtually no access to basics of life such as clean water, electricity, toilets and waste disposal facilities.
The trip had several aims:
• Operate our field medical clinic to provide much needed medical care
Continuing El Niño drives increased food insecurity across many regions
By Alisa Tang
RATTAPHUM, Thailand, Oct 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - T he strapping 23-year-old Rohingya Muslim was matter of fact as he described being forced onto a boat in Myanmar for a tortuous two-month-long journey, beaten and kicked by traffickers as he watched scores die of starvation and thirst along the way
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The northeastern province of Khon Kaen is facing water shortages expected to last well into next year as it suffers under the most severe drought in 20 years, governor Kamthorn Thawornsathit said on Thursday.
Mr Kamthorn said the Ubolrat Dam reservoir is now at only 27% of capacity as it has received a very small inflow of rainwater compared to previous years. The highest inflow was only 10 million cubic metres on Oct 7.
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Downpours triggered by tropical depression Mujigae are replenishing reservoirs in Chachoengsao but flooding homes and farmland in other provinces, prompting alerts to residents.
Mujigae, which on Sunday developed from a tropical storm into a typhoon before being downgraded yesterday morning, is causing rainfall across the upper parts of the country.
BURIRAM, 05 October 2015, (NNT) - More than 150 military officials from the 26th Military Circle have been deployed in Buriram, along with 8 landing crafts and 9 trucks. An emergency center has also been set up to prepare for the arrival of tropical storm 'Mujigae'.
The move came in light of the Meteorological Department forecasting that Mujigae would hit the area and would likely cause floods, from October 4th to 6th.
32 provinces also on alert
Heavy rain continued in Bangkok on Saturday morning, causing flooding at 11 locations, while 32 provinces across the country are on full alert for heavy rain, possible flash floods, forest runoff and landslides in risk areas from tomorrow to Tuesday.
September 2015 – Trends
Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Mozambique, Somalia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Yemen
Colombia, Guatemala, Macedonia
October 2015 – Watchlist
Conflict risk alerts
Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic
Conflict resolution opportunities
On this edition:
- One ASEAN One Response Roadshow held in Thailand
- 7th DELSA Project Steering Committee Meeting
- Up close and personal with Ms Agustina Tnunay on 'The Other Side' and many more
Super El Niño and climate change cause crop failures putting millions at risk of hunger
At least ten million poor people face hunger this year and next due to both droughts and erratic rains influenced by climate change and the likely development of a ‘super El Niño’.
MAE LA CAMP, Thailand, Sept 29 (UNHCR) – They live by the motto, Be Prepared, as members of the Utah Boy Scouts of America Troop. But nothing could have prepared them for the rush of emotions that greeted them in Mae La refugee camp.
In light of ongoing global and regional discussions and commitments, this report intends to highlight good practices aimed at empowering women economically, particularly through entrepreneurship and innovation, drawing lessons for collective learning.
Dooplaya District has been experiencing a rise in diarrheal cases since early September. On 6 September, the Thai Public Health office reported one confirmed cholera death in Kwee Ler Ter Village.
To date there has been a total of 10 deaths: nine on the Myanmar side and one on the Thai side. Local health workers estimate the current number of sick people to be over 200 cases, including more than 40 reported as “severe”.
In 2011, people living in remote areas of Nakhon Sawan province were gravely affected by one of Thailand’s worst floods.
The rehabilitation program, supported by the World Bank Group and implemented by CODI, provides financial support for small infrastructure projects and housing repairs for flood victims still struggling to recover, and income support for community members to carry out the construction work themselves.
24 trafficking victims about to depart as 540 refugees still languish in detention centres nationwide.
At 46 years old, Basamai, an ethnic Rohingya Muslim man, will for the first time obtain identity documents that will allow him to resettle in the United States next week, along with 23 other trafficking victims.
The 24 to be resettled follow four who left Thailand earlier this month, in a humanitarian programme that has resettled 13,000 Muslims from Myanmar since 2002, according to the US Department of State Refugee Processing Centre.