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02 May 2016 description
report Bangkok Post

Post-rain humidity ideal to seed clouds

2 May 2016 at 04:30 NEWSPAPER SECTION: NEWS | WRITER: POST REPORTERS

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered authorities to produce artificial rain to ensure there is sufficient water in the dams for tap water production.

Government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said Sunday that Royal Rain Making Operations Centres nationwide are preparing rainmaking operations in response to Gen Prayut's directive. He did not elaborate on when operations will start.

29 Apr 2016 description
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Seasonal thunderstorms and hail continued to batter the North and Northeast over the past 24 hours, with blustery winds toppling more than 30 utility poles and damaging numerous houses in hard-hit Bung Kan province.

Traffic in downtown Bung Kan was paralysed for several hours as a fierce squall uprooted large trees and billboards, blocking several roads.

Shops, banks, petrol stations and 7-Eleven outlets in Muang district closed on Friday after a storm pounded several areas downtown and in nearby districts at about 2.30am today.

28 Apr 2016 description

The deputy-governor of Thailand’s Tak Province said preparations are underway to repatriate more than 100,000 refugees living in camps along the Thai-Burmese border.

Speaking to reporters at the end of a meeting relating to refugee issues, Tak Deputy-Governor Suttha Saivanid said the Thai government has been taking steps to repatriate the refugees since a new government took office in Burma earlier this month.

The governments of the two countries, together with the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR, are set to brainstorm a road map for the repatriation, he said.

25 Apr 2016 description

THAILAND

  • 72 districts in 21 Provinces in the north and northeast of Thailand experienced heavy storm during the week. The affected provinces included Chiang Rai, Loei, Chaiyapoom and Mukdahan Provinces. Based on the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), about 2,600 houses were damaged in by the incident.

INDONESIA

  • Flood submerged many areas in Karawang, West Java Province. Nearly 4,000 people were affect.

25 Apr 2016 description
report Bangkok Post

Donors urged to go to Thai Red Cross

The Ministry of Interior has ordered provincial governors and local administrative agencies not to receive money donated by the private sector and public to help victims of summer storms which have battered provinces in the North and Northeast, as it could violate the law.

Interior permanent secretary Kritsada Boonrat warned local administrative organisations Sunday against receiving the donations themselves, which could lead to problems.

22 Apr 2016 description

GENEVA (22 April 2016) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Friday expressed growing concern about the military’s deepening role in Thailand’s civilian administration, as well as tight curbs on dissent, as the Kingdom prepares to vote on a final draft Constitution. High Commissioner Zeid said that several critics of the draft Constitution have already been arbitrarily arrested, detained and harassed since the draft was made public at the end of March.

06 Apr 2016 description

Abstract

This paper aims to fill a conceptual gap, and provide context for considering the rapidly changing characteristics of risk at the local level. In doing so, the paper considers how the notion of the local might be reframed, and the opportunities for multi-scale interventions for disaster risk reduction.

03 Apr 2016 description

Nonthaburi, Thailand | AFP | Sunday 4/3/2016 - 04:23 GMT

by Marion THIBAUT

Thailand has long served as one of the globe's main rice bowls, but chronic water shortages are pushing the country to move away from a grain that dominates its fields and has defined a way of life for generations.

Laddawan Kamsong has spent the past forty years coaxing rice from her plot in central Thailand, but she is tired of watching her farmland squeezed dry by increasingly severe droughts.

02 Apr 2016 description

On the first anniversary of the lifting of martial law in Thailand, and as officials announced they will hold political re-education courses in army camps for government critics, Amnesty International calls on Thai authorities to lift the “virtual” martial law powers it has granted to the military in decrees that restrict human rights to the further detriment of the rule of law in the country.

The organization also urges authorities to end their increasingly pernicious repression of peaceful dissent that has been facilitated by the military’s expanded powers.

30 Mar 2016 description
report The New York Times

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
MARCH 25, 2016

The first witness in the largest human-trafficking trial in Thai history was called to testify last week in a court in Bangkok. The witness, a Rohingya Muslim from Myanmar, told of being beaten and starved by gun-toting captors on the boat that ferried him and more than 200 others to a trafficking camp in Thailand.

Read more on the New York Times

24 Mar 2016 description

By Hang Thi Thanh Pham

BANGKOK, 24 March 2016 – Mayors and deputy mayors from 15 municipalities in Thailand have committed to reduce disaster risks and greenhouse gas emissions in order to strengthen the resilience of their cities.

The ‘Low Carbon and Disaster Resilient Cities in Thailand’ initiative marks the first time that municipality-level actions in the country are being integrated to tackle the interlinked challenges of climate change and increasing disaster risks, which pose a threat to sustainable and resilient development.

18 Mar 2016 description

BANGKOK, 17 March 2016 (NNT) – The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is planning to increase the capacity of swamps and monkey cheek water retention areas in the capital city to cope with the drought crisis.

Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra and BMA executives surveyed Bueng Rang Khe swamp in Bang Khun Tian district. The governor disclosed that the BMA’s Department of Drainage and Sewerage has planned to dredge the swamp to raise its capacity from 15,000 cubic meters to 20,000 cubic meters, so that agriculturists can also benefit from the program.

18 Mar 2016 description

Recognising the vulnerability of stateless people to human traffickers, the Royal Thai Government has stepped up its effort to address this issue as part of an attempt to eradicate human trafficking. Recent progress on this issue includes:

• Since 11 June 2015, the Ministry of Interior has devolved power to process nationality applications in order to accelerate and simplify this process. Over the past three years, at least 18,773 former stateless people were granted nationality in Thailand.

16 Mar 2016 description
report Bangkok Post

More than half of Thailand is gripped by water shortages from the drought, according to the Department of Water Resources, but the irrigation chief remains positive that supplies can last until the rainy season if everyone steps up conservation efforts.

Supoj Tovichakchaikul, director-general of the Department of Water Resources, said on Wednesday 43 provinces across the country were being hit by water scarcity. They include:

North -- Chiang Mai, Lampang, Lamphun, Phrae, Phayao.

16 Mar 2016 description

BANGKOK (16 March 2016) – The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia (OHCHR) deplores the recent actions of armed insurgents who took over a public hospital in the far south of Thailand and used it to launch an attack against government forces.

Hospitals, medical units and medical personnel are protected under international humanitarian law, and they should not be targeted or used for military purposes at any time.

15 Mar 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Attack Latest in Campaign Against Medical Facilities

(New York) – Separatist insurgents took over and damaged a hospital in southern Thailandon March 13, 2016, in violation of the laws of war, Human Rights Watch said today. The attack on the hospital occurred during a resurgence of separatist attacks on civilians since the beginning of March.

14 Mar 2016 description

Bangkok, Thailand | AFP | Monday 3/14/2016 - 06:28 GMT

Thailand's junta leader ordered the army Monday to strengthen security in Muslim-majority southern provinces following a recent surge in violence by insurgents.

The order came after a particularly fraught night of skirmishes, with militants launching several small-scale but coordinated attacks on authorities throughout Sunday evening. Seven officials were injured.

14 Mar 2016 description

BANGKOK, 13 March 2016 (NNT) – The Ministry of Interior (MOI) is urging officials to provide relief aid and assistance to the drought affected public, urging the local administration to establish a disaster mitigation center on the local level too coordinate relief efforts, says MOI official.

11 Mar 2016 description

“Community-based volunteers have a critical role to play in responding to disease outbreaks. The fact that they are already present in communities means they are uniquely placed to raise the alarm and provide early interventions,” said Mr Sy.

“However, their value goes well beyond proximity. They are also able to provide tailored, and culturally appropriate services, bridging the gaps that often exist between health systems and vulnerable communities. They can also support communities to to take steps to reduce the health risks they face,” he said.

09 Mar 2016 description

March 8, 2016, at 1415hrs, at the Command Building I, Government House, following the weekly cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, Col. Taksada Sangkhachan, Assistant Government Spokesperson, revealed about the Prime Minister’s orders at the meeting.