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25 Nov 2014 description

BANGKOK, 25 November 2014 (NNT)- The Ministry of Interior has instructed the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) to quickly assist people affected by the drought crisis.

According to Interior Minister General Anupong Paojinda, Sakon Nakorn and Maha Sarakham provinces have been declared disaster hit zones, as over 318 villages have been facing severe water shortages. The provincial authorities have to deliver water to these areas as a quick relief measure for residents.

25 Nov 2014 description
report Human Rights Watch

‘Don’t Ask for Democracy’ Junta Leader Says

NOVEMBER 25, 2014

(New York) – Thailand’s military government is severely repressing fundamental rights and freedoms six months after its May 22, 2014 coup. The ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has shown no genuine signs of restoring democratic civilian rule.

24 Nov 2014 description

On 17 November 2014, a Thai delegation led by Mr. Piriya Khempon, Ambassador of Thailand to Palestine resident in Amman, paid a visit to Ramallah, Palestine, to deliver USD 100,000 contribution from the Royal Thai Government to Palestine Red Crescent Society in response to humanitarian situation in Gaza strip, where hostilities occurred in July-August 2014, leading to more than 2,000 civilian casualties.

24 Nov 2014 description

General Overview

Natural disaster reports were regularly recorded in the ASEAN Disaster Information Network (ADInet) www.adinet.ahacentre.org

Only significant disasters that satisfy the following criteria will be recorded in ADInet:

24 Nov 2014 description
report Amnesty

PUBLIC STATEMENT

Index: ASA 39/017/2014

As authorities in Thailand state that they have no immediate plans to lift martial law six months after the military took power in a coup, Amnesty International calls for the lifting of restrictions and an end to the repression that has deepened in the country under martial law.

21 Nov 2014 description

Southeast Asia Study Shows Gaps in Health Care for Trafficking Survivors

Human trafficking may lead to complex and long-term health complications, according to new research unveiled in Viet Nam today.

The study, carried out in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region by IOM and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, highlights the health outcomes and consequences of human trafficking and calls for greater emphasis on the healthcare needs of victims of trafficking.

21 Nov 2014 description

SONGKHLA, 21 November 2014 (NNT)- Municipal workers have been trying to remove objects blocking waterways in Songkhla. Meanwhile, heavy rains have triggered flood in the city.

Commuters in Muang district have been having difficulties going out and about as most roads have been flooded. Municipal workers have to rely on a backhoe to dredge the canal and remove objects which obstructed the flow of water.

20 Nov 2014 description
report Bangkok Post

Republished with permission. © Post Publishing PCL. www.bangkokpost.com

Runoff from persistent seasonal rain over the past few days caused flooding in the southern provinces of Trang and Narathiwat on Thursday.

Water pouring down from the Ban Thad mountain range flooded into Na Yong and Muang Trang districts of Trang. It is the second time the area has been flooded this month.

20 Nov 2014 description
report Bangkok Post

Republished with permission. © Post Publishing PCL. www.bangkokpost.com

When Abid was five, immigration officials arrested him and his family, Pakistani refugees fleeing religious persecution. The officials took them to the squalid immigration detention centre in central Bangkok. There, they joined hundreds of other refugees detained indefinitely, awaiting some distant possibility of release.

19 Nov 2014 description

Floods in the past decade have been more frequent and more intense. They have become the result of greater interaction between human society and the natural environment, exacerbated by urbanization and climate change.

18 Nov 2014 description

FMR 48
November 2014

The role of faith in the humanitarian sector is not easy to measure. Faiths generally advocate welcoming the stranger and there are many organisations and individuals inspired by their faith or religion to provide protection and assistance. Yet it is easier to measure the activities inspired by faith than to measure the difference that having that faith makes, and secularly inspired standards for such activities can appear to be in tension with the faith inspiration. FMR 48 includes 36 articles on ‘Faith’ plus seven ‘general’ articles.

18 Nov 2014 description
report Radio Free Asia

Poor conditions at a government social shelter in southern Thailand have forced more than 100 Uyghurs to escape after nearly eight months of detention in the Southeast Asian nation to which they had fled from northwestern China’s restive Xinjiang region, an escapee said.

The mostly women and children who escaped in early November were part of more than 300 Uyghurs discovered during a raid on a suspected people-smuggling camp in a rubber plantation in Thailand’s Songkhla province near the border with Malaysia.

18 Nov 2014 description
report Bangkok Post

Writer: Amnart Thongdee

Forest runoff, triggered by days of heavy downpours, has hit several communities in Pathiu district of Chumphon, cutting off more than 100 transport routes and damaging vast agricultural areas.

Pathiu district chief Nakrob na Thalong said on Tuesday that rain ravaged the district from Nov 14-16, triggering flooding affecting several villages. Many houses and farmland have been inundated.

18 Nov 2014 description

CHUMPHON, 16 November 2014 (NNT) - Torrential rains in Chumphon have prompted village headmen and chiefs of local administrative organizations in the province to warn villagers in flood-prone areas to be prepared for evacuation. Patheiw district was declared disaster zone.

17 Nov 2014 description

THAILAND

Flood

http://adinet.ahacentre.org/reports/view/746 Flashflood hit Trang Province and affected over 200 families.

INDONESIA

Flood

http://adinet.ahacentre.org/reports/view/741 Rokan Hulu, Riau Province experienced flooding. About 370 houses were inundated.

17 Nov 2014 description

PATTANI, 16 November 2014 (NNT) - Fourth Army Area Commander Lt Gen Prakan Cholayuth said he believed the chronic violence in the South of Thailand would be addressed to a certain extent in one year’s time. He cited the government’s policy of placing greater emphasis on political strategy over the military approach as yielding a good result.

He indicated that the policy had led to a decrease in local people’s support to perpetrators but better cooperation with the military, leading to the government’s successful control in some areas.

14 Nov 2014 description
report Bangkok Post

The government plans to help about 200,000 rice-farming families with jobs and training as they will not have water to grow a second crop in the coming dry season.

Water reserves in dams were lower than in most years because the rainy season had been less intense than usual, government spokesman Yongyuth Maiyalarp said on Friday after representatives of four ministries...

14 Nov 2014 description

Generando el espacio para que expertos de Indonesia, Vietnam, Malasia y Tailandia compartieran sus experiencias en la formulación de políticas y proyectos de Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres y Adaptación al Cambio Climático, así como su institucionalidad para la coordinación de estos temas se desarrolló El “Foro de Intercambio de Experiencias con el Sudeste Asiático en Adaptación al Cambio Climático y Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres”.

14 Nov 2014 description

BANGKOK, 14 November 2014 (NNT) - Trat provincial authorities are requesting assistance from local administrative organizations to inspect water levels in their respective area so that water management plans can be arranged. Meanwhile, soldiers in Mae Hong Son province are installing water tanks in rural villages to alleviate a water shortage.

13 Nov 2014 description

BANGKOK, 11 November 2014 (NNT) - Many submerged areas below the Banthat mountain in Phatthalung province have started to dry up after heavy rains stopped falling. The province is urgently surveying damages caused by the floodings.

The flood water levels in three flood-affected districts in the province, including Pa Bon, Kong Ra and Si Nakharin, are decreasing. Three other districts in water catchment areas and near the lake of Songkhla are still submerged.