Attack on Temple in Deep South a War Crime
(New York) – Separatist insurgents in Thailand’s southern border provinces killed two Buddhist monks in an unlawful assault on a temple, Human Rights Watch said today. The deliberate attack on civilians and a place of worship is a war crime.
"It is not safe for us to go back, and we do not know what is to become of us here."
By Rina Chandran
MAE LA, Thailand, Jan 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When her first child - a daughter - was born, Pa Pa Win dreamed of a grand wedding for her many years down the line, with a big celebration in their village in Myanmar's Mon state.
Instead, when the time came 20 years later, Pa Pa Win and her family settled for a modest gathering in the Mae La refugee camp in northern Thailand.
In December 2018, 163,491 movements (76,743 inflows and 86,748 outflows) of Myanmar nationals between Thailand and Myanmar were tracked by IOM Flow Monitoring Points (FMPs) in the Mae Sot and Phop Phra districts of Tak province, Thailand. A total of 43,208 individuals (26% of the overall total) are estimated to cross to Thailand for employment.
BANGKOK, 8th January 2019 (NNT) - A disaster relief caravan of vehicles has been dispatched from Bangkok to the southern region to aid victims of Tropical Storm Pabuk.
The caravan carrying relief supplies, assembled at the Department of Social Development and Welfare in Bangkok, before beginning its journey south. In addition to household necessities, the vehicles carry portable toilets, suitable for people with disabilities as well as for those who have lost their homes.
"We need to be thinking about everything we build in the context of mitigating climate-change impact," says urban architect
By Rina Chandran
BANGKOK, Jan 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Bangkok's oldest university called for ideas for a symbol to mark its centenary year, landscape architect Kotchakorn Voraakhom successfully pitched a design for a park.
Summary Labour migration plays a key role in the South-East Asian context, particularly in Thailand. For a number of reasons, including the country’s steady economic growth over the past decades and the consequent need for labour, Thailand has continued to attract low-skilled workers from neighbouring countries. In the 2017 UN Migration Report1, the official number of international migrants in Thailand was estimated to be 3,589,000.
By Omar H. Amach
BANGKOK, 10 December 2019 – Early warning and early action helped ensure that tropical storm Pabuk, which struck the southern region of Thailand last week from 3 to 5 January, passed with limited loss of life. The storm, however, caused high economic losses and considerable damage to critical infrastructure, including schools and hospitals.
Separatists Should Cease Attacks on Civilians
(New York) – Separatist insurgents in Thailand’s southern border provinces targeted a school and a hospital in renewed attacks, Human Rights Watch said today. Deliberate attacks on civilian structures are war crimes.
Representatives from the Relief and Community Health Bureau, Thai Red Cross Society led by the Vice President of Prachuap Khiri Khan Red Cross Chapter and Hua Hin Red Cross District Branch’s team, donated 450 relief kits to people who were affected by floods in Bang Saphan District and Bang Saphan Noi District, on 9 November 2018.
The relief team also distributed another 1,150 relief kits and set up a mobile kitchen at Bang Saphan Wittaya School on 10 November 2018, to cook hot meals for those who were affected by flash floods.
Tropical cyclone PABUK made landfall in the Nakhon Si Thammarat province on 4 January. As of 8 January at 8.00 UTC, four people have reportedly been killed, approximately 700 000 evacuated and at least 2 000 homes damaged.
By Jintamas Saksornchai, Staff Reporter
BANGKOK — The first tropical storm to hit the south in decades killed at least four people and left over 3 billion baht of destruction in its wake.
Officials credit the evacuation of roughly 700,000 people in eight provinces for minimizing the human toll of Tropical Storm Pabuk, which battered Thailand’s southern coasts this past weekend. The death toll for now stands at four after a missing fisherman’s body was found Sunday on a beach of Pattani province.
Tropical Storm Pabuk made landfall in southern Thailand on 4 January, bringing widespread and torrential rainfall affecting 720,885 people and damaging farmland and houses in 16 provinces. Provincial authorities are leading the relief operation with support from national government, Thai Red Cross and local NGOs.
720,880 people affected
King gives survival kits, PM visits South
Survival kits and other aid for storm and flood victims have started to roll in to hundreds of communities and farms affected by Tropical Storm Pabuk, as Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha makes a trip to the South to lead the recovery effort.
The assistance came after pictures from Nakhon Si Thammarat and its surrounding provinces showed the extent of the damage from the storm, which claimed the lives of several people, not to mention rare dolphins.
Tropical Storm PABUK has now passed over Thailand and is moving north northwest towards the Andaman Islands (India), where landfall as a deep depression is expected around 13:00 (UTC) today, 6 January.
Thai authorities (Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation) now report that 34 089 people were evacuated as a precaution to Tropical Storm PABUK, with eight southern provinces affected and almost 2 000 houses damaged. Media reports that three deaths have occurred.
Tropical storm Pabuk, which weakened after lashing eight southern provinces, has claimed three lives and forced thousands of people out of their homes.
Pabuk caused heavy downpours, high waves and gusty winds in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Pattani, Surat Thani, Songkhla, Chumphon, Yala, Phatthalung and Narathiwat provinces on Friday, Chaiyapol Titisak director-general of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) said on Saturday.
4 Jan 2019
BANGKOK, 4th January 2019, (NNT) - All branches of the military will provide assistance to residents being affected by tropical storm Pabuk .
Supreme Commander General Pornpipat Benyasri has instructed the disaster mitigation center of the military in each affected province to set up mobile rescue units and closely follow the progress of the storm. He told the military personnel to be prepared to help the local residents to evacuate and provide medical services when they need.