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24 Mar 2017 description
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WRITER: WASSANA NANUAM

PHITSANULOK - Thailand will ask nearly 70,000 refugees displaced by skirmishes in Myanmar to return home, but only on a voluntary basis. Those ready to make the trip back home will be sent only gradually, 3rd Army chief Lt Gen Vijak Siribansop said Thursday.

Nay Pyi Taw has prepared areas for them and current peace talks with armed ethnic groups in Myanmar look promising, he said.

31 Jan 2017 description
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By Shamshad Akhtar

This month's floods are a worrisome reminder of the increasing uncertainty of extreme weather events. Thailand's flood season usually ends in November, but this year, influenced by a low depression area and a strong northeast monsoon, widespread flooding in the south of the country has killed more than 90 people, affected over 330,000 households, and resulted in widespread asset losses.

30 Jan 2017 description
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The flood death toll in the South reached 91 yesterday. Four people remain missing, according to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM).

The deaths and missing persons were reported across 12 provinces, said Chatchai Promlert, DDPM director-general. These areas have been plagued by flooding since Dec 1 until Friday.

30 Jan 2017 description
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WRITER: SUPAPONG CHAOLAN

SURAT THANI: A total of 12 houses heavily damaged by recent floods will be moved to new locations to ensure that they will no longer block drainage routes if future flooding occurs.

Surat Thani governor Uaychai Innak said on Saturday that 51 houses had been destroyed by the floods while another 768 were partially damaged. Authorities and volunteers in the province have already helped residents to repair around 60 units.

27 Jan 2017 description
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WRITER: SUPAPONG CHAOLAN

The flood situation in some southern provinces remained critical yesterday as Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha visited flood-affected areas and vowed to improve the way the country deals with natural disasters.

The situation in Trang province, in particular, was still causing concern with more areas being inundated and a higher volume of flooding continuing to come from the upper part of the region, local officials said.

25 Jan 2017 description
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Governor to pitch water retention areas

A Surat Thani governor will propose a project to build water retention areas in the province as a long-term measure against flooding.

Governor Auychai Inthanak yesterday said proposals for a water retention scheme, based on the kaem ling or monkey's cheek concept pioneered by the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, would be raised during a visit by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to the province tomorrow.

24 Jan 2017 description
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WRITER: WAEDAO HARAI

NARATHIWAT -- Floodwater has begun to recede, leaving only low-lying areas still inundated, in this southern border province.

As of Tuesday morning, rain continued to fall in mountainous areas in Waeng, Tak Bai, Sukhirin, Chanae and Si Sakhon district. The water level in the Sai Buri and Sungai Kolok rivers had stopped rising.

23 Jan 2017 description
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Eighty-five people are confirmed killed and four are still missing in the flooding that has hit Prachuap Khiri Khan and 11 southern provinces since Dec 1, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department director-general Chatchai Promlert said on Monday.

The flood situation has eased in Ranong, Krabi, Trang, Chumphon and Prachuap Khiri Khanbut was still prevalent in parts of Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani, Phatthalung, Yala, Songkhla, Pattani and Narathiwat.

23 Jan 2017 description
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NARATHIWAT -- All 13 districts of this southern border province have been declared disaster areas after several days of heavy rain caused widespread flooding.

The declaration was made late Sunday night by governor Sithichai Sakda to mobilise all resources to help flood-hit people.

Further rain across the province overnight caused the floodwater to increase rapidly in 470 villages of 74 tambons in 13 districts, affecting 145,686 people in 36,605 households.

23 Jan 2017 description
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Persistent rain throughout Friday caused flooding to several districts of the southern provinces of Songkhla, Narathiwat Pattani, Trang and Yala early Saturday.

Flooded were many roads in Songkhla municipality, including Kanchanawanit Road. Travel became difficult for small vehicles.

The ground floors of several buildings, including the parking lot of a Tesco Lotus store in the municipality, were inundated. Local authorities were operating all available water pumps to speed up drainage into the Songkhla lake.

23 Jan 2017 description
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The southern provinces, which have been recovering from serious flooding, are now bracing for more floods as a new cold front makes its way from China bringing heavy rain.

The Meteorological Department issued a forecast on Friday saying that high pressure from China is expected in Laos, Vietnam and the South China Sea and was forecast to reach the Northeast of Thailand last night.

The high pressure is predicted to trigger an even stronger northeast monsoon across the Gulf of Thailand and the South, said the forecast.

18 Jan 2017 description
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Residents in Chumphon, Ranong and Nakhon Si Thammarat are being warned of heavy rainfall, flash floods and mudslides over the next few days. National Disaster Warning Centre issued a warning Wednesday about bad weather in the three southern provinces.

The centre has warned locals in Chumphon's Phato and Thung Tako districts, Kra Buri and La-un districts in Ranong and Phrommakhiri, Nop Phi Tham and Lan Saka districts in Nakhon Si Thammarat about possible flash floods and mudslides following heavy downpours in their communities.

16 Jan 2017 description
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Floodway construction is required to limit the impact of immense flooding and economic losses for people living in the southern provinces, and city planning should be adjusted to better enable disaster responses, says the Engineering Institute of Thailand (EIT).

Thanes Weerasiri, chairman of the EIT, said the flood crisis hitting the southern provinces is an important lesson on flood disaster management, which requires infrastructure development to reduce impacts.

16 Jan 2017 description
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Nation donates B329m in relief for victims

People in southern provinces and local authorities are bracing for a new round of floods after more heavy rain was forecast in the region this week.

Government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said Sunday that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered provincial governors and local administrative agencies to beef up precautionary measures against flooding as heavy rainfall is expected in the South, according to the Thai Meteorological Department.

16 Jan 2017 description
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The northeast monsoon covering the South and the Gulf of Thailand will gain strength during Jan 16-20, bringing more rain with isolated heavy falls in 12 southern provinces, the Meteorological Department said on Sunday.

The 12 provinces are Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Phangnga, Phuket, Songkhla, Krabi, Trang, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat.

Waves in the Gulf of Thailand will be 2-3 metres high during this period.

16 Jan 2017 description
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Forty people have died so far as a result of the floods that have ravaged 12 southern provinces since Jan 1, and forecasters say more rain is on the way starting on Monday.

The Meteorological Department has forecast isolated heavy rain from Monday to Wednesday, especially for Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat provinces.

Further downpours are expected on Thursday and Friday in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat.

13 Jan 2017 description
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Severe flooding ravaging 12 southern provinces is expected to trim 1.2 percentage points off the region's economic growth of 3.2% forecast earlier, according to the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC).

Vachira Kunthawethep, a UTCC economist, said the university estimates that 22.4 billion baht worth of damage was incurred from heavy flooding that hit 12 provinces between Jan 1-10.

11 Jan 2017 description
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WRITER: APINYA WIPATAYOTIN

Floodway construction is required to limit the impact of immense flooding and economic losses for people living in the southern provinces, and city planning should be adjusted to better enable disaster responses, says the Engineering Institute of Thailand (EIT).

Thanes Weerasiri, chairman of the EIT, said the flood crisis hitting the southern provinces is an important lesson on flood disaster management, which requires infrastructure development to reduce impacts.

11 Jan 2017 description
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A strong northeast monsoon forecast for Jan 16-18 will cause the temperatures in the North and Northeast to drop and bring more rain to the South's eastern coast from Surat Thani province downward, Meteorological Department director-general Wanchai Sak-udomchai said on Wednesday.

Mr Wanchai said, however, that the rain would not be as heavy as in the first half of the month.

09 Jan 2017 description
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More heavy rain likely, death toll hits 19

Thirteen provinces in the lower Central region and the South have been warned to brace for more possible flash floods as heavy rain is forecast over the next day or so, according to the Meteorological Department yesterday.

Outbreaks of heavy to very heavy rain are forecast for the 13 provinces from now until tomorrow as an active low pressure cell over the Andaman Sea and the west coast of the South moves north slowly into the Gulf of Martaban and Myanmar, according to the weather bureau.