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Thailand - Severe Weather (ECHO Daily Flash 21 August 2014)

  • Heavy rainfall has been affecting Thailand in the past few days, resulting in floods in several north-western provinces. In Phayao, 60 mm of rain were recorded in 24h over 19-20 August and in Chiang Rai 87 mm were measured in 24h, over 20-21 August.

  • As of 21 August, local media report eight villages hit by flash floods in Nan province. One person is missing, while over 300 houses have been affected. Floods have also affected parts of Phrae, Lampang and Phayao provinces.

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Thirty provinces recover from drought

BANGKOK, 20 August 2014 (NNT) - The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has declared thirty provinces now relieved of drought, while emergency assistance is still needed to relieve the plight of people in Ubon Ratchathani.

The Department Director-General Chatchai Promlert said even though 30 provinces nationwide now have relief from the scarcity of water, the drought situation still affects 2,928 households in two districts.

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New Rules to Help Burmese Migrants Apply for Passports



CHIANG MAI, Thailand — The Burmese Embassy in Thailand is revising procedures for Burmese migrants to receive regular passports, the Burmese government says.

The revision comes after many Burmese migrants were not able to apply for passports because they did not have a valid Burmese ID.

After seizing power in a May coup, the Thai junta launched a crackdown on illegal migrant workers, putting pressure on people to apply for proper documentation.

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Press briefing notes on Thailand and Maldives

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani
Location: Geneva
Date: 19 August 2014

1) Thailand

We are seriously concerned about the prosecution and harsh sentencing of individuals in Thailand under the country's lèse majesté law. Such measures are adding to the larger pattern of increasing restrictions on freedom of expression in Thailand. Since the 22 May coup, at least 13 new lèse majesté cases have been opened for investigation while other cases where charges had previously not been laid, have been revived.

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Thailand and Cambodia step up to address migrant worker problem

BANGKOK, 18 August 2014 (NNT) - Thailand's Director-General of Department of Employment Sumet Mahosot and Cambodian Director-General of the Labor Department Seng Sakada today briefed the press about the controversial migrant worker issue.

The discussion comprised 4 topics. First, there is the requirement of proof of nationality, so Cambodia will arrange for 5 mobile units to check for nationality proof and will issue passports to those who don't have them. Operations are expected to commence in the beginning of September and at least 1,500 passports per day will be issued.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Thailand 14-August-2014


Favourable prospects for the 2014 main season paddy crop
Rice exports forecast at an above-average level in 2014
Domestic prices of rice increased somewhat in July but remain at low levels
Overall food security in the country is satisfactory

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RID convenes with responsible units to gear up for flood prevention

BANGKOK, 13 August 2014 (NNT) – The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) has called a meeting with representatives from the Machinery Operation Centers to follow up on the readiness of machinery and equipment to be used in flood prevention efforts.

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Chonburi extends deadline for the registration of migrant workers

CHON BURI, 13 August 2014 (NNT)- Chonburi province will extend the deadline for the registration of undocumented foreign workers from Burma, Cambodia and Laos in keeping with the NCPO’s policy to eliminate human trafficking and labor abuse.

The two One Stop Service centers in the province will be operating until Oct 31st, 2014 while the previous deadline was in mid August. The extension of the deadline was decided on because of the crowd of employees needing registration and the inability of the centers to meet the huge demand for service each day.

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Songkhla city dredging water drains to prevent floods in the neighborhood

SONGKHLA, 10 August 2014 (NNT) - On the 10th August 2014, Somchai Janpratin, deputy mayor of Songkhla Province examined the project to dredge drains at Tao-it road in the city municipality. The drains are the main way to funnel water from the city into Songkhla Lake, as part of the Songkhla city flood prevention project. The dredging will let the water flow from the city into the lake faster, lessening the flood problem in Tao-it neighborhood that occurs every year.

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Mae La Refugees, On The Edge

With the new military regime in Thailand, dread pervades the country’s largest displacement camp as refugees from Burma worry about their fates.


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Medical Update: July 2014

Jungle Aid

Our amazing volunteers split in to 2 teams again this month to visit 2 of our villages. They met early travelling for up to 4 hours in 4×4’s to reach their destinations loaded with donated clothes.

Ba Mak

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Medical Update: June 2014

Jungle Aid

Our June medical visit was very exciting as for the first time ever we were able to have 2 dedicated medical teams visit two separate locations on the same day. Dave kindly donated two 4×4 trucks that were necessary to be able to reach the villages. To access these villages we had to drive through dense jungle and cross rivers.

Our two teams were visiting Pala u Noi and Bon Luk.

Pala u Noi

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15 districts in Sakhon Nakhon and Ubon Ratchathani hit by flood

SAKHON NAKHON, 30 July 2014 (NNT) - The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department (DDPM) has reported flooding in 15 districts in Sakhon Nakhon and Ubon Ratchathani provinces. Officials with equipment have been sent to assist the flood hit residents and survey damage and loss.

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Amnat Charoen hard hit by floods

BANGKOK, 31 July 2014 (NNT) – The floods have submerged some villages in Amnat Charoen since Wednesday night, affecting more than 1,000 houses. The province was later declared disaster zone amid the possibility of more floods.

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DDPM: Floods ease in 11 districts of Ubon Ratchathani

BANGKOK, 31 July 2014 (NNT) – The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has reported that the situation is improving in 11 of the 17 flood-hit districts of Ubon Ratchathani as help is being expedited for the victims.

After the northeastern region of Thailand was battered by torrential rain, 17 districts of Ubon Ratchathani province have been declared disaster zones. In the latest development, DDPM Director-General Chatchai Promlert announced that the floods are easing off in 11 of those districts, whereas the other six remain inundated.

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Refugees worried amid lack of govt transparency

Refugees from Burma residing in Thai border camps are concerned about the lack of transparency and proper procedures by Thai authorities regarding repatriation, in light of a recent census poll being conducted in the camps.

According to Saw Honest, chairperson of the Mae La – the largest refugee camp along the Thai-Burmese border – Thai officials began conducting a population census on 18 July, and have been issuing three different types of identification cards to the refugees.

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Mobile medical units being sent to help flood victims and promote disease prevention

BANGKOK, 24 July 2014 (NNT) -The Ministry of Public Health has ordered provincial public health offices in flood hit areas to send out mobile medical units to give assistance to victims until the current flooding situation is resolved. No epidemics have been reported, however, members of the public are advised to take care of their health and prevent possible outbreaks.

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Floods in Chiang Rai and Tak

TAK, 29 July 2014 (NNT) – Chiang Rai's Mae Sai district has been inundated after an entire day of continuous heavy rainfall. Meanwhile, a landslide warning has been issued in Mae Sot district of Tak after the color of water in streams turned red.

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Officials warned of more run-offs and floods in North

BANGKOK, 28 July 2014, (NNT) - The National Disaster Warning Center has warned people in the North to brace for more run-offs, flash floods and mudslides, as rains will likely continue to buffet the region in the next couple of days.

According to the center, the affected provinces include Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Nan, Phayao, Krabi, and Suratthani. It has advised residents in those areas to exercise extreme caution, while closely monitoring official weather reports.

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Car bomb kills three, wounds 36 in Thai south: police

07/25/2014 12:00 GMT

BANGKOK, July 25, 2014 (AFP) - A car bomb exploded on Friday outside a hotel in insurgency-wracked southern Thailand, killing three people and wounding 36 others, police said.

Of the wounded, three were in critical condition, Lieutenant Colonel Sophon Saisuree told AFP by telephone from Betong in Yala province where the blast happened.

"A car bomb went off in front of Holiday Hotel at around 4:00 pm (0900 GMT)", he said.

"We had been informed that there would be unrest in the deep south near the end of Ramadan," Sophon added.

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