Four coastal villages in Phangnga's Takua Pa district have been declared disaster zones after being hit by huge waves stirred up by rainstorms, as authorities warn of possible mudslides and runoff in six coastal provinces in the South.
The Meteorological Department has issued a warning about strong winds and high waves in the Andaman Sea and the upper part of the Gulf, and the Department of Mineral Resources has alerted its networks in six southern provinces to possible mudslides and run-off from Monday until Wednesday.
By Chayanit Itthipongmaetee, Staff Reporter
BANGKOK — A tiny room is bedroom, living room, kitchen and storage combined. At the end of a stained bedsheet, an old CRT television lies on the floor. Above worn wooden cabinets are three large suitcases piled up to the ceiling. Water bottles, utensils and kitchenware are stacked on a low, plastic table.
Emergency education and drills held in five tsunami prone schools in Thailand focused on empowering students to take a more active role in tsunami preparedness and response.
“Children should be seen as actors in addressing the impacts of natural disasters and climate change on their lives and the life of their community,” said Deirdre Boyd, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Thailand.
NAKHON RATCHASIMA: A dengue outbreak in the lower Northeast has led to 488 infections being recorded since the beginning of this year, mostly involving children, the Office of Disease Prevention and Control reported Wednesday.
The region 9 office said the 488 infections were reported in four provinces: 233 cases in Nakhon Ratchasima, 56 in Buri Ram, 64 in Chaiyaphum and 135 in Surin. No dengue-related fatalities were reported.
Most of the infected were aged 10-14 years, with those aged 5-9 the next largest group.
WRITER: PRASIT TANGPRASERT
NAKHON RATCHASIMA: A dengue outbreak in the lower Northeast has led to 488 infections being recorded since the beginning of this year, most of them children, the Office of Disease Prevention and Control reported on Wednesday.
The region 9 office said the 488 infections were reported in four provinces - 233 cases in Nakhon Ratchasima, 56 in Buri Ram, 64 in Chaiyaphum and 135 in Surin. No dengue-related fatalities were reported.
Most of the infections were in children aged 10-14 years, with 5-9 year-olds the next largest group.
June 4, 2018, at 0900hrs, at the Outer Santi Maitree Building, Government House, Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha presided over the workshop on national water management to create understanding and awareness of all concerned sectors on current water situation, and holistic picture and guideline of the country’s water management. The workshop is also aimed to promote operation integration of 38-water management related agencies.
BANGKOK, 6th June 2018 (NNT) – Bangkok has joined forces with five of its neighboring provinces in preparing to handle flood waters and other crises during the rainy season with the capital’s governor expecting only a mid-risk this year.
Director-General of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Chaiyaphol Thitisak joined Bangkok Governor Pol Gen Assawin Kwanmuang and representatives of Nakhon Pathom, Chachoengsao, Pathumthani, Samut Prakan and Nonthaburi in a meeting to discuss water management during the rainy season of 2018.
Commentary by Don Pathan
Last Friday, Thai Army Commander-in-chief Gen. Chalermchai Sitthisart visited security checkpoints in Cho I-rong, a district in Narathiwat province designated as the site of a potential “Safety Zone,” or limited ceasefire, in the insurgency-stricken region known as the Deep South.
Authorities in 61 provinces across the country are bracing for possible heavy rain over the next week, that could trigger severe flooding, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) says.
Department director-general Chayapol Thitisak said warnings were issue as result of present weather conditions, checks on waterway levels and forecasts from the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD).
Govt expects situation to improve on 2017
Flood-related problems will be less severe this year unless the country faces freak storms, Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Grisada Boonrach said on Thursday.
He said agencies are ready to collaborate and have prepared for the rainy season, which officially started last weekend. He drew particular attention to the Department of Royal Irrigation, which is now on full alert while monitoring the situation.
PHANG NGA, 31st May 2018 (NNT) - Phang Nga residents have been warned of possible flash floods as more precipitation has been forecast this year.
Phang Nga Governor Charnsak Thawil today cited the need for the province to be well prepared during the rainy season after the Meteorology Department forecast continuous rainfall until mid-October.
The local disaster prevention and mitigation office and other emergency units have been instructed to muster their resources and be ready to reach out to people in need.
Many provinces in the North and the Northeast are suffering from the effects of thunderstorms and flash floods
In Lampang, Ban Wang Yom Village of tambon Ban Laeng in Lampang province suffered a flash flood early Tuesday morning as water, rising to a depth of one metre, flowed down from a mountain inundating over 40 houses.
Although the level receded within a few hours, the villagers suffered as their belongings were washed away while the concrete walls of a house were also destroyed by the flood.
This is the second flood to hit the village this year
Reporter : Itiporn Lakarnchua
BANGKOK, 21 May 2018 (NNT) – Up to 10,446 cases of dengue fever infection have been recorded in Thailand since January 1 of this year with 15 deaths so far.
Director-General of the Department of Disease Control (DDC), Dr. Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai, elaborated that most cases of dengue infection were among citizens aged between 15 and 24, followed by those aged 10-14 and then 25-34. Frequency of infection is expected to accelerate now that the country is entering the rainy season.
Security forces put on alert across region
Security forces are on high alert across the deep South and in key locations in Songkhla after an investigation got under way into a series of coordinated bomb attacks in the region on Sunday night.
In Songkhla's Hat Yai district, checkpoints have been set up and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) units and equipment to block mobile phone signals deployed at key locations including government offices, shopping centres and markets.
Office of National Water Resources set to battle deluges
WRITER: APINYA WIPATAYOTIN
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