Thailand has witnessed an exponential increase in the number of asylum seekers of various nationalities arriving in the country in the last few years, more than half of whom are from Pakistan. In the absence of a formal legislation for asylum seekers, they are not only unequipped with means to sustain their livelihoods and face limited access to basic services, but are also not entitled to the protection normally granted to such individuals under International Refugee Law.
Pornsak Khortwong, IFRC
Train services to lower region suspended
Households and businesses in the South have been hit hard by flooding while all train services heading to the lower part of the region are suspended after tracks were damaged by floodwater.
Koh Samui and Koh Phangan have been placed on the disaster areas list as heavy rain continues to pound the two resort islands and other areas in Surat Thani and other southern provinces.
Surat Thani governor Auychai Inthanak said on Monday that the two islands were among the 16 districts declared disaster-hit areas of all 19 districts in the province as they were damaged by floods and heavy rain.
Surat Thani is one of the worst-hit provinces in the region, which has been blanketed by downpours since last week.
Heavy floods continued to wreak havoc in 10 southern provinces, claiming at least 11 lives since the beginning of the disaster on Thursday, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) says.
The number of fatalities rose to 11 Sunday as two people remain missing and another were two were injured after being swept away in the floods in Surat Thani, said Chatchai Phromlert, director-general of the DDPM.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Paddy production in 2016 to recover after two consecutive years of drought-reduced outputs
Rice exports in 2016 forecast close to last year’s high level
Domestic prices of rice declining
Paddy production in 2016 forecast to recover
More than 23,000 stateless people have been granted Thai nationality in the last four years as the Southeast Asian nation seeks to end statelessness by 2024.
By: Nantanee Jedsadachaiyut and Nadia Al-jasem | 24 November 2016
CHIANG RAI, Thailand – When Sawitree* turned seven, she tried to apply for her Thai nationality card.
But despite having been born in the Southeast Asian nation she could not meet the application requirements as her Thai father could not be found.
Prosecute abusive officials, end retaliation against activists in Deep South
Heavy rain has been affecting the country over the past few days, causing floods. Approximately 53 mm of rain over 24 hours were recorded in Chaiyaphum city (Chaiyaphum province), and 53 mm in Buriram city (Buriram province) over 7-8 November.
According to local media, as of 11 November early morning, several households have been evacuated and at least 200 houses have been damaged in the province of Khon Kaen. Local media also reported that the most affected district is Mueang Khon Kaen (Khon Kaen province).
Leslie Wilson | November 7, 2016
For more than 20 years, hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers from Myanmar (Burma) have lived inside Thailand along the Thai-Myanmar border – next to their country yet far from their homes . Last week, I visited one refugee camp that is home to about 6,000 people, mainly from the Karen ethnic group, who live in isolation from much of the world.
Government Spokesperson revealed that flash flood in Phetchaburi has alleviated, and the situation is expected to return to normal in 1-2 days.
Water-retention areas would receive payouts
WRITER: SUPOJ WANCHAROEN
The Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) has proposed an idea of collecting a "flood tax" from people living in areas declared "flood prevention zones" and using the tax revenue to pay financial compensation to areas designated as floodwater-retention zones.
The idea was floated at a session organised by the TDRI in Bangkok yesterday.
WRITER: PIYARACH CHONCHAROEN AND SAICHON SRINUANJAN
Flash floods triggered by days of heavy rain have swamped at least 800 houses and large areas of farmland, and closed roads, in parts of Kanchanaburi and adjoining Ratchaburi provinces in the west of the country.
In Kanchanaburi, the downpour caused flooding in three villages in Huay Krachao district. A total of 82 households were affected.
Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi’s Aid distributions in Thailand in recent days have helped nearly 1,500 families who were affected by flooding in Ayutthaya Province. Although the country is in a period of mourning, people are still eager to spread love as communities move forward in this difficult time. Some Thai residents who offered to help Tzu Chi with the distribution when they learned that volunteers were short handed at the event.
On 25-26 October 2016, Thailand and Myanmar join hands on the voluntary return of the pilot group of 71 displaced persons from Myanmar who have been residing in Thailand for more than 30 years. The returnees comprise of 6 displaced persons from Tham Hin Temporary Shelter in Ratchaburi Province and 65 from Nupo Temporary Shelter in Tak Province. This historic undertaking was under cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) with support from the International Organization for Migration (IOM).