By Jintamas Saksornchai, Staff Reporter
PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN — Streets turned into fast-moving rivers as flash floods triggered by the heaviest rainfall in decades struck the southern coastal province of Prachuap Khiri Khan, killing two and affecting thousands.
Although the water levels have started to decrease, several communities in four districts of the province remained cut off Monday after flooding and landslides destroyed a number of roads and bridges during the weekend. A toddler drowned and a woman died after being unable to make it to a hospital.
Prachuap Khiri Khan province in the lower Central and Chumphon in the upper South are still ravaged by flooding with three people reported killed, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department director-general Chayapol Thitisak said on Sunday.
Mr Thitisak said as a result of the strong monsoon across the lower South during Nov 7-11, flash floods and river overflows occurred in Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan provinces in the lower Central and Chumphon in the upper South.
The situation has eased in Phetchaburi, leaving Prachuap Khiri Khan and Chumphon in trouble.
BANGKOK, 8 November 2018 (NNT)-Thailand's Department of Health Service Support (DHSS) has instructed relevant agencies to contain a measles outbreak in the Deep South and Songkhla province after 1,515 cases and 12 deaths have been reported.
The DHSS has instructed the Primary Health Care Division, the Institute for Health Service System Innovation Development of Yala and the Office of Health Service Support Region 12 to implement measures to prevent the spread of measles in Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and Songkhla provinces.
BANGKOK, 10th November 2018 (NNT) – The Royal Thai Air Force is delivering supplies of necessities and medications to flooded communities in Prachuap Khiri Khan province.
Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Air Force, ACM Chaiyapruk Didyasarin said today rescue helicopters will be deployed to affected areas on request. The Air Force has been sending help to four southern provinces currently battling rain and floods. Medical teams are on standby in case of an emergency.
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More rains to come until Saturday
Unrelenting downpours are bringing floodwater to Bang Saphan Noi district in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, making the main road linking Bangkok and the southern region impassable to small vehicles.
Rescue units and road users on Wednesday posted messages and photos on Twitter showing floods in the district town and Phetkasem Road at kilometre marker 401 in tambon Chang Raek.
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In October 2018, 186,110 movements (88,965 inflows and 97,145 outflows) were tracked by IOM Flow Monitoring Points (FMPs) of Myanmar nationals between Thailand and Myanmar in the Mae Sot and Phob Phra districts. 18% of the overall movements, a total of 32,799 individuals, are estimated to cross to Thailand for employment.
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PATTANI: A nine-month-old girl has died of measles, raising the death toll from the disease in the southern border provinces to more than a dozen.
Pattani Hospital reported the baby girl died of measles and pneumonia on Saturday. She had been admitted to Yarang Hospital in Yarang district on Saturday and was later sent to the main provincial hospital because of her serious condition.
The girl was not given measles vaccine because she was already ill with the disease when she met doctors for the vaccination, the hospital said.
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KRABI, 25th October 2018 (NNT) - Krabi province has issued a warning for potential flash flood, landslide, and rough seas due to thunderstorms at this time. Small boats should remain ashore during this period.
The Governor of Krabi, Pol. Lt. Col. Kittibodee Prawit, said the province has received a weather advisory from the Meteorological Department forecasting thunderstorms in the southern region from October 23rd to 27th, 2018, which may cause flash flood and landslides in some areas.
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The Department of Royal Irrigation (DRI) says there will be enough water for harvesting in the dry season, but the drought will continue in the northern regions.
"The water situation this year is better than last year. So, there will be enough water for rice plantations in the Chao Phraya River basin despite the expansion of rice harvesting in the basin zone," said Thongplew Kongchan, secretary-general of the DRI.
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Malaysia and Thailand have agreed to expand the scope of bilateral cooperation to contain an insurgency along their shared border after changing peace negotiators, and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad promised Wednesday to help solve the conflict as he started a visit to Bangkok.
The 93-year-old Mahathir met with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha as he began his first state visit to Thailand since taking office again as premier five months ago.
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Thailand’s new army chief struck an upbeat tone ahead of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s first official visit that begins Wednesday, saying the leader of the new government in Kuala Lumpur was on the same page as his Thai counterpart regarding southern peace talks.
Low pressure over Myanmar will create downpours and possible flash floods in 19 provinces, the Meteorological Department warned on Sunday.
The weather agency said the area of low pressure following a storm over the Gulf of Martaban will bring heavy rain to 19 provinces in the northern, central and southern regions. Some areas could be assailed by surging runoff and flash floods, it added.
Most parts of Bangkok will see thunderstorms and rain through Tuesday, the department said.
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Thailand has named a new chief negotiator in stalled talks aimed at resolving a decades-long separatist conflict in its southern border region, while a panel representing insurgent groups has expanded, officials said Tuesday.