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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.
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.
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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 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.
BANGKOK, 23 September 2015 (NNT) – The Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation has stepped up its rain-enhancement operations as the low rainfalls in this rainy season have sparked fears of severe drought.
The Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation has mobilized 18 aircraft to carry out cloud-seeding missions, as a monsoon trough which is forecast to reach the country in the next few weeks will bring on enough humidity for the rain-making operations.
BANGKOK, 21 September 2015 (NNT) - Director-General of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Chatchai Phromlert said that floods in 17 provinces caused by tropical storm Vamco have receded, but six others are still inundated.
The 23 affected provinces are Rayong,Chonburi, Phang-nga, Chumphon, Trat, Saraburi, Ranong, Satun, Tak, Chanthaburi, Surin, Si Sa Ket, Trang, Chachoengsao, Nakhon Nayok, Krabi, Phatthlung, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Prachinburi, Surat Thani, Phetchaburi, and Sa Kaeo.
BANGKOK, 22 September 2015 (NNT) – Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has affirmed that no decision was made by the Cabinet to halt the supply of water to agriculturists in the Central Plains, adding that the water management plan will have to be adjusted.
Despite no trip to BaMak planned, a group of volunteers headed to BaMak in July as a final trip prior to installing the new water system. Money for the water supply was generous donated by our sponsors during an Golfasian event.
The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) plans to push for a law on city planning in the provinces in a bid to solve chronic flooding which is often caused by public canal encroachment.
Some members are pushing the plan after many parts of the eastern provinces were flooded after tropical storm Vamco hit the region last week.
Authorities also blamed incompetent town planning including the construction of high roads that block floodwaters from flowing into the sea.
BANGKOK, 19 September 2015 (NNT) – The Ministry of Public Health has sent out its teams to all flood-stricken provinces in order to assist local residents and equip all households with first-aid kits.
BANGKOK, 20 September 2015 (NNT) – The Prime Minister has appointed the related agencies to provide relief operations for the flood affected public in Chonburi Province, urging to urgently restore of the affected areas.
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed his concern on the flood affected public brought on by the Vamco storm, and has appointed related officials to conduct relief operations to the affected public.
BANGKOK, 18 September 2015 (NNT) - Two districts in Rayong have been declared disaster zones after they were heavily hit by tropical storm Vamco. The provincial administration and relevant units have urgently distributed assistance to the affected people.
Bangkok, Thailand | Friday 9/18/2015 - 06:42 GMT
Three people were killed and 14 wounded by a motorcycle bomb blast in Thailand's deep south, officials said on Friday, in the latest deadly attack to strike the war-torn region.
Since 2004 more than 6,400 people have been killed, the majority civilians, in the kingdom's Muslim-majority southern provinces where insurgents are fighting for greater autonomy.
The blast on Thursday evening struck near a grocery shop in the Rangae district of southernmost Narathiwat province, which borders Malaysia.
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Chon Buri, including tourist mecca Pattaya, has been declared a disaster area following heavy flooding after the area was lashed with rainfall on Wednesday night and Thursday.
Citywide flooding reached reached 30 centimetres after just 45 minutes.
Wednesday's deluge, caused by tropical storm Vamco, continued all day and into the night, leaving most parts of Bang Lamung district under a metre or more of water.
BANGKOK, 16 September 2015 (NNT) - The Cabinet has green-lighted a central budget to help agriculturalists who have been hit by disasters.
Maj. Gen. Sansern Kaewkamnerd, spokesman of the Prime Minister’s Office, said that the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday approved a central budget worth 681 million baht to help 61,700 farmers who have been affected by various disasters during June 2014 and February 2015.
Out of these farmers, 59,000 were active in farming while 2,200 others were from the fishery sector and the remaining 14 raised livestock.