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21 Dec 2014 description

Ban Nam Khem, Thailand | AFP | Sunday 12/21/2014 - 03:34 GMT

by Preeti JHA

A decade after towering waves wrenched her newborn baby from her arms, Mi Htay remains haunted by memories of the children she lost in the tsunami whose bodies, like hundreds of other Myanmar migrants in Thailand, were never identified.

19 Dec 2014 description
report Bangkok Post

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Malaysia hit hard closing Sungai Kolok border crossing

Writer: Post reporters and dpa

Heavy rain and flooding along the Thai-Malaysian border have left one child dead, two people missing, dozens of villages inundated, and the Sungai Kolok border crossing closed.

19 Dec 2014 description
report Irrawaddy


CHIANG MAI, Thailand — Burmese migrants and NGOs supporting migrants in Thailand have called on the Thai government to reform its social security system so that legally registered Burmese, Laotian and Cambodia workers in the country can gain long-term benefits from the system.

18 Dec 2014 description

SAKON NAKHON, 18 December 2014 (NNT) – Cold weather still lingers over the North and Northeast, while the South is still being battered by heavy rain.

In Sakon Nakhon, the temperature has dropped to below 15 degrees Celsius for several consecutive days. This has contributed to an increase in the number of patients getting treated for respiratory tract illnesses. Medical officials said the elderly and children aged less than five are especially vulnerable. In Phrae's Mueng district, an 82-year-old man died from heart failure as he was sleeping through the cold weather.

17 Dec 2014 description
report Bangkok Post

Flooding in three districts of Narathiwat province was affecting more than 300 households and caused two schools to suspend classes on Wednesday.

Runoff from the Sankalakhiri mountain range, triggered by four days of heavy rain, caused the Sungai Kolok River to overflow, inundating more than 300 households along the river and nearby agricultural areas in Sukhirin, Waeng and Sungai Kolok districts.

Two schools, Ban Bukorta and Ban Yaho, in Waeng district closed classes on Wednesday. The floodwater rose to 40-50cm deep in the district.

16 Dec 2014 description

BANGKOK, 16 December 2014 (NNT) – Provinces in the North will remain cold throughout this week, whereas the southern provinces will continue to experience heavy raining, according to the Meteorological Department.

The weather bureau on Monday issued an announcement stating that the temperature in upper Thailand will drop by another 3-5 degrees Celsius due to influence from a high pressure area that continues to prevail over the region. This situation is expected to continue until Friday.

16 Dec 2014 description
report Bangkok Post

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Writer: Post Reporters

Thousands of homes in Phatthalung remained under water yesterday in the flood crisis caused by torrential rain on Saturday night.

The rain triggered runoff that hit many districts in the province and in Nakhon Si Thammarat.

In Phatthalung, more than 670 households in tambon Khuan Khanun and over 5,000 others in tambon Khok Changai, Khao Chiek, Prang Mu and Na Not were hit by runoff from the Banthat mountain range.

16 Dec 2014 description
report Human Rights Watch

Confront Toxic Legacy Before Reopening Lead Mines

15 Dec 2014 description

NAKHON SRITHAMMARAT, 15 Dec 2014, (NNT) - The Royal Thai Army has dispatched trops to assist floods victims in the Southern region of Thailand, after the area has been belted by incessant heavy rains, run-offs and inundation.

According to Deputy Army Spokesperson, Colonel Sirichan Nga-thong, Army Commander-in-Chief General Udomdej Sritabutr has instructed the Army’s disaster relief officers to inform all units in the flood-stricken South to be on standby for rescue operation deployment, while urging them to monitor the latest floods situations.

14 Dec 2014 description

NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 14 December 2014 (NNT) – Heavy rain in the southern regions of Thailand has affected 9 districts and one person has been reported missing. Meanwhile the army is prepared to perform rescue operations.

The Commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Army, Gen Udomdej Sitabutr, has commanded the Army’s disaster mitigation center to order all units in the area to monitor flood situations and to perform rescue operations in cooperation with other sectors immediately when needed.

11 Dec 2014 description

By Lucia Cipullo, IFRC Regional Disaster Law Delegate for South East Asia

As a country that has suffered from large scale natural disasters, faced numerous political challenges, but being the only country in South East Asia never subject to colonial rule, Thailand casts an interesting and unique presence in the region.

The past few weeks have seen two key events take place which indicate a growing interest in Thailand to seek engagement and dialogue with international partners in the name of national progress, increasing capacity, and reform.

11 Dec 2014 description

BANGKOK, 11 December 2014 (NNT) - The Interior Ministry has declared three provinces in the upper part of Thailand emergency disaster-hit zones due to the cold weather.

The Deputy Minister of the Interior Sutee Markboon revealed that the three provinces are Mae Hong Son and Chiang Mai in the North and Loei in the Northeast. The announcement takes effect in 10 districts, 45 sub districts and 512 villages in total.

05 Dec 2014 description
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Three people were killed and one wounded in a series of attacks in three provinces of the deep South yesterday. In Narathiwat, Chemino Sani, 52, was shot dead in tambon Bango Sato of Rangae district...

In Narathiwat, Chemino Sani, 52, was shot dead in tambon Bango Sato of Rangae district at about 6.50am.

04 Dec 2014 description

Martial law has brought calm but not peace to Thailand’s febrile politics. The military regime’s stifling of dissent precludes a frank dialogue on the kingdom’s future and could lead to greater turmoil than that which brought about the May 2014 coup.

03 Dec 2014 description
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Writer: Patsara Jikkham

The cabinet has discussed implementing an urgent water management project worth in excess of 100 billion baht to tackle drought and floods.

02 Dec 2014 description

BANGKOK, 1 November 2014 (NNT) - Mae Hong Son province has declared Mueang and Pang Ma Pha districts disaster zones due to coldness. More than 22,000 people have been affected.

Governor of Mae Hong Son Suraphon Phanat-amphon said seven Tambon in Mueang district and four Tambon in Pang Ma Pha were hit by a cold spell. The province was urgently assisting people in the affected areas in terms of agriculture, livestock and fishery.

02 Dec 2014 description
report Jungle Aid

After being unable to reach this village for three months (authorities stop access to national park for rainy season, 1st August to 31st October every year, due to flooding), we could finally get to Bon Luk again. Since we had not been able to access the village for a long time, there were some urgent issues to be addressed on this visit. Besides the long overdue medical clinic, we had to do village assessment in terms of education, health and hygiene, see progress on fish pond and any other immediate needs of the villagers.

01 Dec 2014 description

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | AFP | Monday 12/1/2014 - 18:00 GMT

The Thai and Malaysian premiers agreed Monday that stalled talks on ending southern Thailand's deadly Muslim insurrection could only resume once all rebel attacks cease and its various insurgent groups come to the table as one.

The conditions spelled out by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, agreed in a meeting with hardline new Thai leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha, appeared to cast doubt on any speedy resumption of the peace talks on the bitter and stubborn conflict.

28 Nov 2014 description

CHIANG MAI, 28 Nov 2014 (NNT) - More visitors flocked to Chiang Mai’s famous Doi Inthanont, while cold snap in Nan Province prompted the military to send aid to the affected locals.

A frozen ground phenomena can be spotted around the vicinity of Doi Inthanont in Chiang Mai, as the temperature in the area has dropped to 2 degrees Celsius. The icy weather is much welcomed by the tourists evidenced by their sheer number visiting the area recently.