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03 Sep 2015 description

NAKHON PHANOM, 03 September 2015, (NNT) - The northeastern province of Nakhon Phanom is facing a series of flash floods, after heavy rains continue to hammer the area.

Flash floods have reportedly hit Baan Pang District, damaging about 30 homes and 500 rai of rice field. Schools in the district have to temporarily shutdown. Officials have initially been dispatched to help the locals.

Phu Lang Ka National Park has closed its waterfalls to prevent accident.

02 Sep 2015 description

By MARIA PILE

In the sunlight from the door opening of her bamboo hut, Naw Sodo Shoko shows us pictures of what she does at her job: neatly folded elephants and swans from towels and bed sheets and colourful flower ornaments ready to ornate a fancy dinner table or hotel reception.

02 Sep 2015 description

AYUTTHAYA, 02 September 2015, (NNT) - Ayutthaya Provincial Administrative and Agricultural offices are working to help fish farm owners, as continuous rains have spoilt rice crops, polluted water in farmland and subsequently killed tens of thousand of fish in the farms.

Director of the Provincial Office for Natural Resources and the Environment Pranakornsriayutthaya, Wittaya Hadnil, said the event was reported in Maha Rat District.

01 Sep 2015 description
report Jungle Aid

The village has approximately 110 people and they are the most displaced and most vulnerable group we support. Once again, we were reminded of how difficult it is for residents this widely scattered and displaced community to access basic requirements and towns. People have to walk for 2 days to reach Baan Bang Charoen to attend our medical clinic.

31 Aug 2015 description

YALA, 31 August 2015, (NNT) - Yala Provincial Administrative Office officials have visited locals affected by storm.

Muang Yala District Chief Preecha Chanakitkamjorn yesterday led a team of military, administrative officials, and village chiefs to visit Ta Sae Sub-district of Muang Yala District, which had been hard hit by a tropical storm earlier; where they distributed survival kits and offered various kinds of assistance to the affected locals. The storm wrecked 74 homes, several schools, hospitals and farmlands.

31 Aug 2015 description

YALA, 30 August 2015 (NNT) – The Southern Border Provinces Administrative Centre (SBPAC) receives development recommendations from religious leaders in the southern border provinces, hoping to implement them for practical development.

The SBPAC Secretary-General Phanu Uthairat has revealed the result of a seminar with religious leaders in the southern border provinces on regional development and other related issues that the religious leaders have provided suggestions which can be practically implemented in the area.

25 Aug 2015 description
report Bangkok Post

WRITER: WASSANA NANUAM & ACHARA ASHAYAGACHAT

Thai authorities are to hold a preliminary round of peace talks Wednesday with a newly-formed alliance of southern insurgent groups.

Setting up safety zones in the far South will be among priority items for discussion during the talks to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Gen Aksara Kerdpol, head of the Thai negotiation team said Monday.

25 Aug 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Court Orders Compensation, but Abusive Troops Never Prosecuted

18 Aug 2015 description

By Kate Roux, IFRC

On Monday, 17 August at 7pm, an explosive device went off at the Erawan Shrine at Ratchaprasong intersection in central Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. The incident resulted in a number of deaths and injuries.

“The explosion was completely unexpected, and it is shocking for everyone,” said Anne Leclerc, head of the regional delegation in Bangkok for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

14 Aug 2015 description
report Jungle Aid

As is the case in recent times, we had a large group of volunteers visiting Bon Luk. We took three 4x4s, two of which kindly donated by Dave of Hua Hin Car Hire, and drove to Bon Luk.

We had one doctor, two nurses and one physiotherapist on the team. Our medical teams of a nurse and a physiotherapist (volunteers from our partner Chiva Som) and our long time volunteer Dr Coco saw 43 patients; with Thuhelping with translation and Aurelia and Caitlin recording patient data.

09 Aug 2015 description
report Bangkok Post

Farmers in Nong Khai scrambled to harvest their crops at short notice after the Mekong River overflowed its banks on Friday night.

Water levels topped 11 metres, causing floods to farmlands and sparking a rush to save crops from devastation, as torrential rains lashed the country, flooding parts of the Northeast, the North and the South.

Nong Khai farmers were forced to harvest large quantities of chillies and aubergines early, but the produce should command a higher price because the vegetables are out of season.

07 Aug 2015 description
report Bangkok Post

About 400 students were evacuated yesterday after flash floods from a heavy downpour blocked the entrance to a school and a road in Chiang Rai.

Torrential rainfall in Chiang Rai flooded Huai Plu Witthayakhom School and Mae Fah Luang University in tambon Tha Sut of Muang district yesterday, with water levels reaching as high as 50cm, according to authorities.

Officials from the Chiang Rai Provincial Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, soldiers and border patrol police shuttled the 400 students out of the deluge using flat-bottomed boats.

06 Aug 2015 description

BANGKOK, 6 August 2015, (NNT) - The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has indicated that, despite the recovering situation in various parts of the nation badly hit by drought, a large number of agriculturalists won't be able to generate the same level of production as last year.

According to the Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Pitipong Phuengboon Na Ayudhaya, recent rainfall in several provinces enabled agricultural operations to resume in regions outside the irrigation zones, saying however that water shortages remain common in many areas.

06 Aug 2015 description

BANGKOK, 6 August 2015 (NNT)-Several areas in the North, North East and South of Thailand have reportedly been flooded by overflowing rivers after several days of rainfall.

In Chiang Rai, the embankment of the Mekong River in Chiangsan district is being continually eroded by strong currents in the river. The water has frequently overflowed into farmlands despite a decline in water levels in some places.

06 Aug 2015 description

BANGKOK, 6 August 2015 (NNT)- Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered the construction of monkey cheek water retention areas across Thailand to increase the amount of water that can be stored in preparation for another drought crisis.

Prime Minister Prayut said after inspecting Khun Dan Prakarnchol and Pasak Cholasit Dams that both had only 4% of water left.

06 Aug 2015 description

CHIANG RAI, 5 August 2015 (NNT) – Floods in Mae Sai district, Chiang Rai province and Myanmar's Tachileik province have receded, but Mae Sai municipality remains on high alert.

Businesses on both sides of the Thailand-Myanmar border carried out clean-up operations in marketplaces today, after a flash flood muddied more than 200 outlets yesterday. Affected businesses were forced to close their shops temporarily. Trade activities are expected to resume in the afternoon.

06 Aug 2015 description

BANGKOK, 5 August 2015 (NNT) - 16 provinces across Thailand have been warned to brace for more heavy rains as monsoons gain strength in the North and South.

A monsoon trough in the North and a southwestern monsoon covering the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea are set to generate rainstorms in 16 provinces including Chiang Mai, Tak, Nong Khai and Phuket. Flash floods and forest runoffs have been predicted for these provinces and residents advised to exercise extra precaution.

06 Aug 2015 description

BANGKOK, 5 August 2015 (NNT) - Flash flood warnings remain in place for people living in the North, South and Northeast of Thailand, due to continuous rainfall.

According to meteorologists, a low pressure system in the upper parts of Thailand and a southwesterly wind in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand have remained in place and are expected to bring heavy rain to the three regions.

06 Aug 2015 description

CHIANG RAI, 5 August 2015, (NNT) – The Mekong's water level increased alarmingly and damaged farmlands in Chiang Rai. Flood warning has been issued to residents in sub-districts of Mae-ngern, Wiang and Saew in Chiang Saen District.

Farm animals in Chiang Saen were being moved to higher ground. More than 100 rai of chili and corn plantations have been flooded with 2 meters of water, said one of the flood-affected farmers, adding that crops would be obliterated if floods persist for another 3 days.

05 Aug 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Prospects for Justice Bleak Under Military Junta

(New York) – The Thai authorities should end efforts to cover-up abuses committed by soldiers during the 2010 political violence and prosecute all sides responsible for rights violations, Human Rights Watch said today.