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Thailand: Death toll from the recent floods rises to 224

BANGKOK, 15 November 2010 (NNT) - 18 provinces are still suffering from floods. Meanwhile, 224 deaths have been reported, 15 in the Northeast and 72 in the South, according to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation.

The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has revealed that currently 13 provinces in the Northeast and Central are still facing flood problems. Nearly 250,000 homes have been damaged, over 800,000 people affected, and nearly six million rai of farmland inundated. The 13 provinces are Srisaket, Surin, Khon Kaen,

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Thailand: Death toll from flood rises to 185

BANGKOK, 10 November 2010 (NNT) - Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said death toll from flood has risen to 185, as flooding situation in 30 provinces have not yet eased.

Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation reported that death toll starting from October 10 until today has risen to 185. 127 deaths are from the North, Northeastern, Eastern, and Central parts of the country, 58 deaths are from the south.

News ID: 255311100005

Reporter : Sodchuen Limkriangkrai

News Date : 10 November 2010

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Special Report: Thai Govt works at its best, undertaking the worst flood effects

Besides the ongoing political problems, capital inflow, and the appreciating Thai baht, the Thai Government is now facing one of the toughest challenges brought on by natural disaster. Since the worst flood in decades hit Thailand in October, the government has been carrying the weight of the world on its shoulders in the hope of finding the best solution for the country.

Unusually heavy monsoon rain has since early October caused widespread flooding all over the kingdom of Thailand. 50 out of 76 provinces have been hard hit by flash-floods, many of which

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Thailand: Interior Ministry and Sceince and Technology Ministry work together to solve flooding and drouht issues

BANGKOK, 3 November 2010 (NNT)-The Ministries of Science and Technology and Interior are forging a plan aimed at solving drought and flood problems through advanced technology.

The two ministries have already inked an agreement to develop a strategy for Thailand in handling flood and drought problems which have plagued the country for decades. The agreement is aimed at the promoting of information and technology exchange as well as the sharing of satellite photos between the two.

They will also jointly develop geo-technology

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Thailand: Dengue fever infection toll in Surin hits 1,500

SURIN, 3 AUGUST 2010 (NNT) - Over 1,500 people in the northeastern province of Surin have been infected with dengue fever in the latest outbreak which kills one boy.

The latest victim in the province was a 13-year-old boy who was sent to hospital too late and died from a shock. The infection rate has risen to 200 per 100,000 people in the city area while that in adjacent districts is lower but continues to increase. The spread situation is expected to be more serious than last year.

The provincial hospital has asked the

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GLOBAL: Could be a busy season for disasters

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JOHANNESBURG, 8 July 2010 (IRIN) - The La Niña phenomenon has officially arrived and disaster response teams around the world might need to brace themselves for heavier monsoons, bigger and more frequent hurricanes, and angrier cyclones.

"There is global consensus that we are at the beginning of a La Niña, but we cannot pronounce the intensity of the event yet - we have to wait for it to evolve," said Rupa Kumar Kolli, Chief of the World Climate Applications and Services Division at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

La Niña is characterised by unusually

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Mekong officials discuss environmental mitigation for mainstream dams

Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

Environmental and hydropower experts will be meeting in Ho Chi Minh City over the next two days to discuss an assessment of the environmental and social impact of the 12 hydropower dams proposed for construction on the mainstream lower Mekong.

The MRC commissioned Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of Proposed Mainstream Hydropower Dams in the Lower Mekong is due for release in August this year and this meeting will inform its final report. Consultants working on the SEA are expected to recommend

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Thailand: MOPH - Dengue fever rampant in South

BANGKOK, 19 June 2010 (NNT) - Dengue fever is still rampant in the South of Thailand, infecting mostly children, according to the Ministry of Public Health.

Permanent-Secretary for Public Health MD Paichit Warachit stated that dengue fever and malaria in the South were found to be more rampant than other regions due to higher rainfalls and floods. He said that the foremost priority was to destroy mosquito breeding grounds and to educate children on how to prevent themselves.

Meanwhile, reports indicate that 218 patients have been infected with dengue fever in Chaiyaphum province since

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Thailand: BMA geared up to tackle floods in BKK

BANGKOK, 29 May 2010 (NNT) - The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is deploying water pumps at over 200 flood-prone spots around Bangkok and prepares to clean drainpipes to prevent floods during the rainy season.

Speaking of the flood prevention plan, Director of the BMA's Department of Drainage and Sewerage Sanya Sheenimit said the authority had been cleaning waterways and fixing damaged water pumps stationed around Bangkok in preparation for the approaching rainy season. More than 200 additional pumps have also been deployed in risky areas to prevent flooding.

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Thailand: DDPM warns residents of flashflood

BANGKOK, 28 May 2010 (NNT) - The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) warns residents in 25 provinces across the country of flashflood, forest water, and landslide during these few days.

People residing near waterways and lowlands in the 25 provinces are warned to beware of dangers from heavy rains which can cause flashflood, forest water, and landslide from 27 to 28 May 2010. The department also advises the residents to keep abreast of weather forecasts.

In addition, they are suggested to evacuate

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Community involvement key to countering flood risks, says the MRC

Vientiane, Lao PDR - Communities who live in the Mekong River Basin will significantly benefit from the improvements in flood forecasting and guidance that have been developed by the Flood Management and Mitigation Programme says the Mekong River Commission (MRC).

"Although they may be resource rich, most of the 60 million people of the basin who are farmers and fishers and who are poor, are highly vulnerable to floods. Floods endanger their lives, destroy their livelihoods and crops and exacerbate their living

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Thailand: THB 5.6 bn injected for projects aiding flood and drought crisis

BANGKOK, 05 May 2010 (NNT) - The Cabinet agreed with the commission for flood and drought crisis resolution's proposed 2009 aiding and rehabilitating projects, with each project screened by the Finance Ministry. A budget of 5.682 billion THB has been agreed to fund the projects.

The projects have been divided into the project under the commission's criteria, worth 5.324 billion THB and appropriated projects but not in line with the criteria, worth 357.9 million THB. The Finance Ministry has been tasked for projects screening and the reserve

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Danish Government supports Mekong countries as they come to grips with climate change

Hau Hin, Thailand

The Danish Government has pledged today to provide nearly US$ 1 million (DKK 4.8 million) to help Mekong countries counter the effects of climate change.

The funding will go towards helping Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam; the four Member Countries of the Mekong River Commission (MRC), to work together to mitigate the effects of changes in weather patterns that scientists say are expected over the coming decades in the Mekong River Basin.

"The people of the Mekong Basin are perhaps uniquely vulnerable to the impact of climate change, which

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MRC International Conference "Transboundary Water Resources Management in a Changing World" 2-3 April 2010, Hua Hin, Thailand CONFERENCE SUMMARY 3 April 2010

Hau Hin, Thailand

BACKGROUND

The First Summit of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) takes place in Hua Hin, Thailand, on 5 April 2010 to gather regional Prime Ministers, political leaders, MRCs Dialogue Partners, the People's Republic of China and the Union of Myanmar, its Development Partners and a range of experts in the field of transboundary water resources management. This event marks the 15th Anniversary of the Mekong River Commission and will serve to reaffirm at the highest level, political commitment of Member Countries to the mission of the MRC.

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Finland supports Mekong countries to take up emerging challenges

Hau Hin, Thailand

Efforts to create an integrated water resource development strategy across the Mekong river basin received a new boost today as the Finnish Government committed to a grant of Euros 1 million to support the MRC Water Management Trust Fund.

The Fund provides a rapid and flexible support mechanism for MRC policy and strategy development and implementation as well as responding to unforeseen short-term needs of Member Countries. In particular, the funding will support MRC Member Counties, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam, to formulate a new 5-year Strategy for

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State of Mekong Basin good but future developments bring both risks and opportunities says MRC report

Hau Hin, Thailand

A report released by the Mekong River Commission (MRC) reveals good news for the general health of the Mekong Basin, but warns that this and the eco-systems of the river system could be threatened by proposed infrastructure and expanding populations.

"The water quality of almost all the mainstream monitoring stations is rated as 'excellent' for the protection of aquatic life," says the MRC's State of the Basin Report 2010, released today, with the exception of areas of high population density and in the

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China ready to share data on Mekong water levels ahead of regional river summit

Bangkok, THAILAND

China has agreed to share hydrological data with countries in the lower basin says the Mekong River Commission (MRC), days before a high-level summit takes place in Hua Hin to discuss river management issues.

"China has indicated that it is prepared to begin providing the MRC Secretariat with data during this dry season from the hydro-meteorological stations at Jinghong and Man'an, starting this week," said Jeremy Bird, CEO of the MRC Secretariat at a press briefing in Bangkok today. "This is very positive news, as it shows

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Thailand: The Government of Japan provides Grant Assistance for Community Capacity Building for Flood Prevention in Petchabun Province

The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP), is providing funds amounting to 3,062,300 baht for a project entitled "Community Capacity Building for Flood Prevention and Environmental Rehabilitation of the Phasak River and its Khon Kaen Tributary". On February 10, 2010, H.E. Mr. Kyoji Komachi, Ambassador of Japan and Ms. Orranoot Phonphinyo, Representative of the Network Group for Flood Prevention and Environmental Rehabilitation of the Phasak River and its Khon Kaen Tributary jointly
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Thailand: Budget allocation for flood victims to be asked in today's cabinet meeting

BANGKOK, 16 February 2010 (NNT) - A committee responsible for monitoring flood relief operations will ask for a budget of 3.6 billion THB to assist flood-affected people in southern provinces in today's cabinet meeting.

Deputy Prime Minister Major General Sanan Kajornprasart, chairman of the committee, stated that the money would go towards relief operation in 99 districts of 10 southern provinces facing a continual severe inundation.

Those provinces include Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Patthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Chumpon, Trang and Satun.

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THAILAND: Act now to stop Bangkok sinking, urge scientists

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IRIN
BANGKOK, 13 January 2010 (IRIN) - Bangkok is likely to face such severe flooding by the middle of this century that parts of the Thai capital may have to be abandoned unless radical action is taken soon, experts warn.

Subsidence and poor urban planning have resulted in the low-lying city gradually sinking between 2cm and 5cm a year, according to researchers in Thailand.

With the added problems of rising sea levels, which the UN International Panel on Climate Change estimates at between 18cm and 59cm by 2050, and coastal erosion along the Gulf of
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