By Amy Sawitta Lefevre
BAN BANG YAI, Thailand, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Bullet-proof vest, shotgun, sunglasses: Kompat Sompaorat could be mistaken for a member of a SWAT team.
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By Andrew R.C. Marshall
BANGKOK, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Thailand identified fewer victims of human trafficking last year than in 2013 and convicted fewer perpetrators of the crime, according to a government report aimed at lifting the country from a U.S. list of the world's worst offenders.
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Thailand - IOM has called on Asia-Pacific governments to improve access to HIV services for migrants during a major gathering on HIV/AIDS in Bangkok. IOM Regional Director Andy Bruce told delegates that migrants were “a key demographic that is being left behind” in the fight against the virus.
PATTALUNG, 26 Jan 2015, (NNT) - The Government has handed out 75-thousand kg of rice to the victims of floods in the Southern Province of Pattalung.
According to the province’s Office of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, a large number of Pattalung’s residents have suffered from the recent deluge and runoffs triggered by days of continuous heavy rain. It said the province distributed bagged rice to relieve some of the burden being borne by the many people affected.
BANGKOK, 26 January 2015 (NNT)-The Department of Ground Water Resources (DGR) has urged people to use water wisely as many provinces across Thailand could be at risks of water shortages.
DGR Director-General Praneet Roibang said his department is prepared to handle drought crisis predicted to wreak havoc in 31 provinces shortly.
The DGR will assign 87 teams of its officials to 1,321 communities prone to drought. They will use equipment and machinery to assure there is enough water for farming activities and public consumption.
KHON KEAN, 22 Jan 2015, (NNT) - The locals of Khon Kean’s Nongrua District have been suffering from severe drought conditions, forcing them to purchase water for consumption
The 70-rai Nongsala reservoir in Yangkham Sub-district has dried up and the little water remaining is murky and unsuitable for drinking. According to the local residents, it has not rained since the beginning of 2015, resulting in the rapid decline in the water level.
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A vacant house in a police compound will be used as a shelter for 95 illegal Rohingya migrants after local Muslims in Nakhon Si Thammarat province refused to allow them to be housed near their communities.
Local authorities had planned to accommodate them at other locations, but Thai Muslim residents in Hua Sai district opposed the idea.
BANGKOK, 19 January 2015 (NNT) - The Ministry of Interior has instructed provincial authorities in 8 provinces to help residents cope with water shortages.
According to Interior Minister General Anupong Paojinda, 29 districts in 8 provinces have been declared drought stricken areas since October last year.
The eight provinces consist of Nakhon Ratchasrima, Chaiyapoom, Sakon Nakon, Burriram, Lopburi, Maha Sarakham, Sukhothai and Nakhonsawan.
BANGKOK, 16 January 2015 (NNT)-The Meteorological Department has advised people to keep warm as the weather will remain cold for many days.
In Yasothon, 500 blankets have been distributed to the residents affected by the icy weather. The 16th Infantry Division of the Royal Thai Army will deliver more blankets to people in the surrounding areas particularly the elderly and poor families.
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CHIANG MAI, Thailand — The UN refugee agency and Thailand’s Ministry of Interior will conduct a verification exercise on the Burmese refugee population along the Thai border, with the data intended to help find “durable solutions” and better coordinate future humanitarian assistance.
BANGKOK, 14 January 2015 (NNT) – The Minister of Interior has urged authorities to provide aid to the public affected by the winter disaster in the 24 provinces of Thailand.
The Minister of Interior Gen. Anupong Paojinda has updated the current situation of the winter disaster, stating that a total of 265 districts in 24 provinces in the northern and northeastern region of Thailand are now declared winter disaster zones.
BANGKOK, 12 January 2015 (NNT) – The Minister of Interior has called all related provinces to provide aid to the affected public from the cold weather and to come up with prevention measures for the upcoming hazardous cold weather.
The Ministry of Interior Gen. Anupong Paojinda stated that the current winter situation has forced up to 250 districts from 23 provinces to be declared as winter disaster zones in the northern and northeastern region of Thailand.
TAK, 13 January 2015 (NNT) – The northern province of Tak is set to declare several more districts as cold disaster areas if the temperature in the region keeps on dropping for a few more days.
BANGKOK, 13 January 2015 (NNT) - Pol Gen Adul Sangsingkeo, Minister of Social Development and Human Security (MSDHS), has reiterated to all related units to expedite the delivery of necessary assistance to people affected by the cold disaster in various provinces of the northern and northeastern regions of Thailand.
BANGKOK, 14 January 2015 (NNT) – As many as 265 districts in 24 provinces have been declared as cold disaster areas since December 1, 2014, whereas 27 districts in 7 provinces have been declared as drought-afflicted areas during the same period.
BANGKOK, 13 January 2015 (NNT) - A sudden drop in temperature in upper Thailand has affected more than 2 million people and prompted many provinces to be declared disaster zones.
In Chiang Mai, 400,000 families in 25 districts have been enduring the cold weather after the temperature dropped to 12-14 degrees Celsius. The financial aid of 33 million baht has already been sought to assist winter stricken residents.
Warm clothes have been distributed to people in Phitsanulok as the temperature has gone below 15 degrees Celsius for 3 consecutive days.
A migrant rights NGO is calling on the authorities in southern Thai tourist resorts to respect minimum wage, work permit and social security regulations for Myanmar migrant workers who contribute to the region’s successful economy.
Representatives of the Migrant Worker Rights Network formally handed a complaint letter to the Koh Samui provincial offices on January 9, signed by MWRN President U Sein Htay Sun regarding what is alleges are systematic violations of migrant worker labour and employment rights on Koh Samui, Koh Phangnan and Koh Tao.
Children as young as 14 have been recruited and used by the Barisan Revolusi Nasional Melayu Patani (BRN) and other armed groups operating in southern Thailand, research by Child Soldiers International and the Cross Cultural Foundation shows. The research was conducted in nine districts in the southern provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla between September 2013 and April 2014. Detailed interviews were conducted with 26 former and current members of armed groups, at least 13 of whom were recruited below the age of 18.
Though we had been supporting the villagers that needed medical and other help, we went back to the village after three months. Besides the long overdue medical clinic, we had to do village assessment in terms of education, health and hygiene, see progress on water delivery project and any other immediate needs of the villagers.We had a team of 10 enthusiastic volunteers, including a very young volunteer of 11 years old, in 2 4x4s; both donated. One, regular, by Dave and the other by Emma.
PHIJIT, 7 Jan 2015 (NNT) - The Provincial Administration of Phichit yesterday handed out warm clothes to cold-affected locals in two districts.
According to Deputy Governor Suttha Saiwanitch, the distribution was supported by the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security which has prepared a total of 15,000 blankets for affected people in the 12 districts of the province.