Heavy rain has continued to affect the Central Plains region over the past week causing more floods (a total of 14 provinces across the country). Approx. 92 mm of rain in 24 h were recorded in Phliu Agromet over 9-10 October, while many areas have reported persistent heavy rain over the last two weeks. Ayutthaya province in particular is experiencing some severe flooding, with around 22 000 homes inundated as well as a number of important historical buildings and temples.
Thailand - The European Union (EU) and IOM today officially launched a project to support the well-being of Myanmar Muslims and their host communities in Thailand.
The four-year, EUR 2.83 million (USD 3.15 million) project, of which 90 percent is funded by the EU, is also supported by the US State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugee and Migration (PRM).
More rain likely until mid to late October
Almost 250 areas in Bangkok are particularly vulnerable to flooding, according to City Hall as it deploys manpower and equipment to mitigate future inundations.
Plans are afoot to relieve the effects of flooding particularly in 247 areas identified by City Hall as being highly prone to floods.
These include 30 in central Bangkok with concerns centred around Chao Phraya River communities including areas in Song Wad Road.
- Flooding in two villages in Demak, Central Java affected 110 families, submerging their houses.
- Mt. Barujari in East Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara erupted. The volcano spewed volcanic ash 2,000 meters above the crater when it erupted. The local authority evacuated 400 tourists and climbers to avoid casualty.
- The Southwest Monsoon aggravated by Typhoon Helen brought heavy rains that caused flooding in 3 municipalities in the province of Bulacan. 356 families of 1,559 persons were relocated to 6 evacuation centers.
Residents in Nonthaburi were alerted of possible flash floods due to heavy rains over the past few days and increasing water flow from the Chao Phraya River.
Nonthaburi governor Nisit Chansomwong said Sunday local authorities in the province are closely monitoring the situation and are prepared for possible floods.
He was speaking Sunday during an inspection at a riverside community in the province to ensure barriers are in place to prevent any possible flash floods.
30 September 2016 – The United Nations health agency today urged countries across the South-East Asia region to continue to take decisive action to prevent, detect and respond to Zika virus, following news that Thailand has confirmed two cases of Zika-related microcephaly.
In order to provide medical care for refugees in Thailand, Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation cooperate with Banphaeo Hospital and Ramathibodi Hospital to held a community medical outreach in Bangkok.
"Tzu Chi's free clinics have helped over 25,000 refugee patients. These people have had a difficult life. They are here without anyone to rely on. Because of this, we should offer them as much support as possible", Piyamitr Sritara, Ramathibodi Hospital superintendent said.
NAKHON RATCHASIMA, 22 September 2016 (NNT) – The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) has maintained its call for caution in 7 provinces under threat of water disaster this September 23-24 as northern dams have been opened to alleviate flooding in the region.
Continual rains have resulted in inundation on several roads in Nakhon Ratchasima province with some areas under as much as 30 centimeters of water, heavily affecting traffic.
The bombs that hit Thailand’s touristic south in August have helped derail the country’s peace dialogue. To get back on track, fragmented militants must end doubtful hopes of victory through violence, and the government must commit to a comprehensive settlement, including decentralisation and respect for the deep south’s Malay-Muslim identity.
BANGKOK, 15 September 2016 (NNT) - The Ministry of Public Health has revealed that on average, 20 new Zika infections are reported in Thailand each week.
Permanent Secretary for Public Health Dr. Sophon Mekthon said even though the Zika outbreak has not expanded to other parts of the country, it is important for everyone to ensure mosquito breeding habitats are destroyed.
BUENG KAN, 8 September 2016 (NNT) – Heavy rainfall has hit the northeastern province of Bueng Kan, bringing a local school and a community health center to a temporary standstill.
The monsoon trough, which is lying across Myanmar, Laos and the upper Vietnam, and the southwest monsoon have led to continued thundershowers, causing a flash flood in two villages in Na Sabang subdistrict.
PANG NGA, 7 September 2016 (NNT) - Many areas across Thailand remain submerged under flood water following days of heavy rainfall.
In the southern province of Pang Nga, residents in Kapong district have been warned of possible mudslides and flash floods until further notice. Those traveling to the municipality area have reportedly had difficulty driving on Petchakasem Road due to the inundation.
NONG KHAI, 8 September 2016 (NNT) – Nong Khai province has reported a sudden rise in the level of the Mekong River with concerns it will continue to escalate.
The Nong Khai water monitoring office under the Department of Water Resources has reported the latest height of the Mekong River at 8 meters and 63 centimeters, up by over 1 meter from the same time yesterday and only 3.57 meters below its flood barriers.