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Philippines + 14 others
Asia-Pacific Humanitarian Bulletin 2013

The year was marked by 137 natural disasters in the region, compared with 93 separate events in 2012. The number of people killed by disasters was almost six times higher.

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Flooding in Narathiwat - Governor expedites aid

NARATHIWAT, 12 January 2014 (NNT) - The Governor of Narathiwat Province, Mr. Natthapong Sirichana, the Deputy Governor of Narathiwat Province, Mr. Sitthichai Sakda, and relevant officials visited flood-stricken areas in Waeng and Su-ngai Kolok districts after continual heavy rain occurred throughout the past week.

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His Majesty orders distribution of blankets to northern villagers

BANGKOK, 25 December 2013 (NNT) - His Majesty the King has assigned the Rajaprajanugroh Foundation under the Royal Patronage to visit people affected by the cold spell in the North and floods in the southern region.

In Soi Dao district in the northern province of Chiang Mai, representatives of the foundation yesterday distributed blankets to 1,000 families. According to the provincial data, more than 30,000 people are being affected by the cold weather and 21,000 more blankets are needed for distribution to affected families.

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Nakhon Si Thammarat recovers from flooding

NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 17 December 2013 (NNT) - Flooding in the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat has ended while the provincial disaster prevention and mitigation office has estimated the damage from the floods at 300 million baht.

Chief of the Nakhon Si Thammarat Provincial Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office Chetsada Watthananurak said the flooding had taken place in the province since 20 November 2013 but now most of the flooded areas had returned to their normal conditions. All of the special centers set up to tackle the flooding have been closed.

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Floods recede in 10 southern provinces, while 6 others in North face temperature drop

ANGKOK, 15 December 2013, (NNT) --The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has announced improvement of flood situation in 10 Southern provinces, whereas 6 northern provinces have been declared disaster zones due to drops in temperature.

The ongoing heavy rain has continued to batter the South since November 21, causing flash floods and river bursting its banks in 12 provinces. Twenty deaths have been reported so far, with the highest number of 6 deaths reported in Nakhon Si Thammarat province.

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South recovering from ongoing floods

BANGKOK, 12 December 2013 (NNT) - Flooding in the southern region has reportedly eased with the situation in only three provinces remaining critical.

The Interior Ministry made known that Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung and Trang continued to be hit by floods as nearly 70,000 rai of agricultural land had been damaged by inundation. Local authorities are speeding up assistance to affected areas which include rehabilitation plans and compensation payments.

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Flooding eases in South; cold to be sustained in North & Northeast

PATTANI, 11 December 2013 (NNT) — The high pressure cell covering Thailand's upper region is forecast to contribute to sustained chilly weather and morning fog in the North. In the meantime, flooding in the southern provinces of Phatthalung and Pattani has started to recede.

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Flood situation in southern provinces improves

BANGKOK, 10 December 2013 (NNT) – The flood situation in the South has begun to improve as water levels have receded in many areas.

However, certain areas in Songkhla province continue to be hit by heavy rains, especially Khuan Khanun and Muang Districts; where Songkhla Lake is located nearby. However, flood situations in other districts of Songkhla have already returned to normal.

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Floods in Narathiwat Province subsiding

NARATHIWAT, 8 December 2013 (NNT) - Flooding in Narathiwat Province has subsided but authorities will continue to monitor the situation throughout the month of December.

Mr. Mahamaphisakri Wamae, Narathiwat’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Division Officer, reported on flooding in the province. He said that water levels in three main rivers, including Kolok River, Bang Nara River, and Sai Buri River, have subsided and almost returned to normal conditions due to the lack of rain for the past few days.

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Floods intensify in southern region

BANGKOK, 5 December 2013 (NNT) - Floods in Thailand’s South have intensified with heavy rains lashing towns and water levels rising.

Forecasts from the Meteorological Department indicated that the northeast monsoon continues to rage, bringing torrential rains to provinces on the east coast of the South which include Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat. The department advised that all shipping should proceed with caution due to rising tides at this time.

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Flooding subsides in 5 South provinces, 6 provinces remain afflicted

BANGKOK, 29 November 2013 (NNT) – The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has revealed that flooding in the South has lifted in 5 provinces; however, the provinces of Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Surat Thani, Trang and Pattani remain afflicted.

According to Chatchai Phromloet, director-general of the department, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has told his department to collaborate with provincial authorities to quickly relieve the troubles of flood-affected people and repair damage.

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Flood situation improves in Phatthalung

PHATTHALUNG, 25 November 2013 (NNT) - The flood levels in various areas of the southern province of Phatthalung have now decreased after the halt in rainfall. However, 12 schools still remain closed.

Although the overall situation in Phatthalung seems to be improving, flooding is still visible in some areas, including Mueang, Khuan Khanun, Khao Chaison, and Pak Phayun districts. Meanwhile, 12 primary schools will be closed until November 27 due to inundation in school areas.

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Chumphon Governor calls all sectors to aid as main highway is cut off by floods

The Governor of Chumphon has recruited officers from all sectors to aid people affected by heavy floods as the main southern highway has been cut off due to high runoff.

Chumphon Governor Peerasak Hinmuangkow stated that 8 districts of the Chumphon have been affected by flooding including Muang, Sawi, Thung Tako, Lang Suan and Lamae Districts. Overflow from various canals and waterways have inundated households and agricultural lands across a wide area.

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Deputy Governor reports on flooding in Surat Thani Province

SURAT THANI, 23 November 2013 (NNT) - Surat Thani Deputy Governor Wongsiri Promchana reported that continual heavy rain has caused flooding in low lying areas in 13 districts, 14 sub-districts, and 77 villages, affecting 1,959 households and 8,200 people.

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Provincial office of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation in Prachuap updates current flood disaster situation

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN, 25 November 2013 (NNT) – The Prachuap Khiri Khan Office of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DPM) has updated the current flood disaster situation in 3 districts, Muang, Bang Saphan and Bang Saphan Noi.

The situation has now eased slightly and a scuba diving rescue team is on patrol searching for one of the relief volunteers who has been swept away by the currents. They expect to find him by today. Suthep Ruenthawin, Head of the Prachuap Khiri Khan DPM Office said that the floods in the three districts were due to heavy rains.

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Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot, 19-25 November, 2013

Tropical Cyclone Helen made landfall in India affecting more than 70,000 people.Three earthquakes struck China's province of Jilin where 260,000 families have been affected.

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Pattani hard hit by floods

BANGKOK, 22 November 2013 (NNT) - More than 500 households in the southern border province of Pattani are critically flooded due to heavy rains and water discharged from a major dam. Evacuation centers will be established for the affected people.

Many districts in Pattani have been flooded since 20 November 2013 after the heavy rains fell continuously, causing the water level of the Pattani River to rise. The province’s flood situation was worsened by the local irrigation office’s opening of seven sluice gates.

The floods are expected to expand during these 2-3 days.

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GIEWS Country Briefs: Thailand 15-November-2013

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • 2013 main season rice production forecast at a record level

  • Average rice exports forecast in 2013

  • Domestic prices of rice declining and at low levels

  • Overall food security in the country is satisfactory

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Phetchaburi Governor visits flood victims in Ban Lat

PHETCHABURI, 10 November 2013 (NNT) - The Governor of Phetchaburi Province has inspected flood-stricken areas, where he distributed aid packages to boost the morale of flood victims.

Accompanied by provincial officials, Mr. Monthien Thongnit, the Governor of Phetchaburi Province, yesterday visited Ban Lat and Tha Yang districts to inspect flood damage. He also handed out aid packages to villages in Huay Rong, Khao Yoi District.

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Prachuap Khirikhan, Samut Songkhram and Chonburi hit by adverse weather

HUA HIN, 9 November 2013 (NNT) – Several provinces in the lower Central Region have been hit by heavy rains, with damage being reported from the provinces of Prachuap Khirikhan, Chonburi and Samut Songkhram.