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09 Jul 2018 description


  • Near average rains and adequate irrigation water availability benefit planting operations of 2018 main crops

  • Aggregate paddy production in 2017 forecast slightly above average

  • Rice exports in 2018 forecast to decline from previous year’s record level

  • Prices of rice on increase supported by strong import demand

Near average rains and adequate irrigation water availability benefit planting operations of 2018 main crops

02 May 2018 description


Economic and Social Council
2018 Session, 22nd & 23rd Meetings (AM & PM)

The Economic and Social Council today heard from urban development and sustainability experts including mayors and other public officials focused on building resilient cities, as it continued its 2018 integration segment.

25 Jan 2018 description


Happy New Year, fellow ASEANers!

It is with excitement we bring you our 35th edition.
From The Column’s beginnings in 2015, our goal was to become the number one reference for disaster management in the ASEAN region.

Fast-forward to the new year of 2018 and this optimism lives on. We believe The Column shall not only become the number one reference in ASEAN, but also outside the region, as ASEAN works towards becoming a global leader, as well as a centre for excellence on disaster management.

14 Dec 2017 description

SONGKHLA, 13 December 2017 (NNT) - The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has confirmed that five southern provinces are still flooded.

According to the DDPM, the five provinces are Songkhla, Phatthalung, Trang, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Surat Thani.

In Songkhla province, Songkhla Lake has overflowed its embankments and flooded the homes of more than 114,000 people.

130,800 people in the municipality of Phatthalung and surrounding areas are going through a similar ordeal.

12 Dec 2017 description
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Flooding has caused more than 70 million baht in damage across Songkhla as local businesses struggle to recover.

However, the severity of the situation in the southern provinces has abated as water levels continue to recede.

Wasan Chaithaweewong, acting chief of the Songkhla Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office, said 16 districts of Songkhla were ravaged by flood water, causing around 72 million baht in damage.

08 Dec 2017 description
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Inundation paralyses land, air transport

Rising flood water forced Nakhon Si Thammarat airport to temporarily close yesterday, while land transport in many areas of the South remain paralysed due to widespread flooding.

The airport announced the temporary closure after a runway was flooded and water damaged the power system.

Airport director Suksawat Sukwanno said yesterday the turnpad of Runway No 19 was submerged and power and air navigation systems were out of order.

If the rain stops soon, the airport may reopen today.

07 Dec 2017 description
  • Heavy rain continues to affect southern Thailand since last month, causing floods, rivers overflow, casualties and damages.
  • According to media, as of 6 of December, the death toll has reached 15 in the most affected provinces of Songkhla, Kanchanaburi, Nakhon Si Thammarat.
  • Over the next 24 hours, heavy rain is likely to affect the southern provinces of Chumpon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Pattahalung and Songkhla, including some of the already affected areas.
05 Dec 2017 description

December 2, 2017, Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha expressed concern over flood situation in the Southern part of Thailand as he was reported that 9 provinces, that is, Phattalung, Trang, Nakhon Si THammarat, Pattani, Songkhla, Narathiwat, Yala, Surat Thani, and Satun, have been inundated since November 25, 2017 from unceasing rainfall. A total of 84 districts and 161,266 households have already been affected.

04 Dec 2017 description

BANGKOK, 3rd December 2017 (NNT) - Relief aid and urgent assistance have been rushed to flood victims in southern Nakhon Si Thammarat.

Governor Chamroen Thippayapongtada led a team of local officials on Saturday to deliver 150 sets of essential items and offer moral support to 58 households of Lang Bueng Community in Mueang District, who were among those hit hard by recent flooding.

04 Dec 2017 description

YALA, 3rd December 2017 (NNT) - The flood situation in Yala has improved while other southern provinces such as Trang, and Pattani continue to be submerged.

In Trang, some flood barriers of the Trang River in Mueang district have collapsed, causing flooding in 14 villages, as well as farmland, a school and many government places. A temporary shelter has seen set up for flood-affected people.

01 Dec 2017 description

NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 30th November 2017, (NNT) - The South of Thailand has continued to experience heavy rain, which has triggered flash floods and rain water runoff in several areas. A number of provinces have declared disaster zones in various districts.

In Nakhon Si Thammarat, officials of Khao Luang National Park in Phrom Khiri district have temporarily closed access to Phrom Lok Waterfall, Ai Khiao Waterfall and three other waterfalls under their jurisdiction, following heavy runoff in the park. The officials urged nearby residents to beware of flash floods.

30 Nov 2017 description
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Large areas of eight provinces remained flooded in the South on Thursday, with six lost lives attributed to flooding since Saturday and more heavy rain on the way.

Flooding continues in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Pattani, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Surat Thani, Trang and Yala, Chayapol Thitisak, directorgeneral of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, said.

More than 385,000 people in 2,540 villages were affected, and six people had died since Nov 25 There was flooding in all districts of Narathiwat, Phatthalung and Yala.

28 Nov 2017 description
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More heavy rain is forecast in the South with new flood warnings issued for 12 provinces in the region, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said on Monday.

Director-general Chayapol Thitisak issued the alert for Chumphon, Krabi, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Pattani, Phangnga, Phatthalung, Phuket, Satun, Songkhla, Trang and Yala provinces.

He said the northeastern monsoon had caused flooding in seven southern provinces since Saturday --Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Pattani, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Trang and Yala.

27 Nov 2017 description
  • AHA Centre's Disaster Monitoring & Response System (DMRS) is on "Warning" alert for potential Mount Agung eruption from 25 November 2017

  • Indonesian authorities maintains Alert Level IV (out of 4 levels, the highest) for Mount Agung from 27 November 2017, 06,00 (UTC +8)

27 Nov 2017 description
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NARATHIWAT: Low-lying areas in seven districts of Narathiwat have been hit by flash floods triggered by storm runoff from the mountains, local authorities said.

Parts of Sukhirin, Waeng, Sungai Kolok, Cho Airong, Rangae, Rueso and Si Sakhon districts are affected, with residents evacuating to higher ground, along with their personal belongings, vehicles and farm animals.

Guards are being deployed around-the-clock to prevent theft.

27 Nov 2017 description
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26 Nov 2017 description

BANGKOK, 26th November 2017 (NNT) - More help has been rushed to flood victims in Thailand’s southern region.

Phetchaburi governor Chatporn Ratdusadee has led a group of local officials and officers from related agencies to King Mongkut Memorial Hospital or Phra Chom Klao Hospital to offer support to medical personnel, who have been preparing to join the Phetchaburi Provincial Health Office in receiving patients affected by recent flooding and in a tour to all flood-hit areas to distribute basic medical supply.

23 Nov 2017 description
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PHETCHABURI: The Phetchaburi river has burst its banks, overflowing into the municipal area, wreaking havoc in the township and flooding the major highway linking to the southern region.

People were wading thigh deep through floodwater in Muang district on Thursday after heavy rain brought by storm Kirogi.