PATTANI: Four ranger volunteers were killed and five others and a civilian hurt when an improvised bomb exploded on a road in Sai Buri district on Friday morning.
The bomb was buried in a road in tambon Taping and went off around 6.15am as a military pickup truck carrying a nine-member patrol drove over it, said Pol Lt Sitthichai Poonsawat, deputy investigation chief at Sai Buri police station.
The cabinet on Tuesday approved in principle the Agriculture Ministry's plan to proceed with a 17.6billion baht flood control canal in Ayutthaya to help limit the impact of massive flooding and economic losses in the central region.
Known as Bang Ban Bang Sai canal, the scheme would involve the construction of a 23km canal from Bang Ban district to Bang Sai district, a two lane road along both sides, sluice gates, and other structures, said assistant government spokesman Col Atisith Chainuvati.
Writer: Makkawan Wanakul and Chinnawat Singha
Six schools in Chaiyaphum's Muang district were closed and businesses shut their doors on Monday due to flooding caused by tropical depression Doksuri.
The municipal area was inundated, with low-lying areas under water a metre deep. Many shop owners closed up and took the day off.
With many streets impassable for small vehicles, motorists were advised to avoid the downtown area.
8 provinces reeling from heavy floods
Water is slowly receding in eight provinces ravaged by widespread flooding brought on by tropical depression Doksuri but heavy rainfall continues to wreak havoc in low-lying villages, authorities said Sunday.
Much of the Northeast and parts of the North are being bashed by tropical depression Doksuri, which has unleashed flash floods that have cut off roads, devastated villages and overfilled reservoirs and farmland, prompting emergency responses.
Doksuri, downgraded from a typhoon as it was centred in Nan at 10am yesterday, has dumped unprecedented levels of rainfall on some areas along its path as it gradually head towards Myanmar yesterday.
Phuket was flooded on Friday after an overnight downpour soaked the resort island, with heavy rain expected in most parts of the country this weekend.
Several roads in Muang district in Phuket, including the popular old town, were submerged on Friday morning. Floodwater made some roads in Patong area impassible for small vehicles.
By Ayub Pathan and Maluding Tido
YALA: A bomb exploded as troops cleared the area after two earlier explosions in Yala on Thursday morning, with one person confirmed dead and at least 18 others injured, bomb squad members, rangers and civilians.
The first explosion, a 15 kilogramme bomb planted at a power pole in tambon Kabang, was reported around 7am to Kabang police station.
Investigators said villagers heard an explosion around 1.30am, but no one dared to go and check on it.
WRITER: CHINNAWAT SINGHA
PHITSANULOK: A school in Noen Ma Prang district on Sunday morning was hit by a flash flood for the 8th time this year following a heavy downpour on the Chomphu mountain range on Saturday night.
At about 5am, a large volume of water descended on Ban Nampad School at Moo 2 village in tambon Chomphu and quickly inundated it. The water level reached 2 metres about three hours later.
About 100 houses in the area were also flooded.
The water began to recede at about 9am. It was expected to drain completely by noon.
Flooding was reported in the northern province of Tak and the eastern province of Prachin Buri overnight and this morning, with the Meteorological Department forecasting more heavy rain in most areas of the country.
In Tak province, at least 29 houses in Ban Rom Klao Sahamit in tambon Khiri Rat of Phrop Phra district were hit by flash floods after a night of heavy and continual rain. The flooding left a thick layer of mud on the main road of the village, rendering it impassible until heavy equipment is brought in to clear it.
Rains persist though Pakhar downgraded
People in the North and Northeast, especially along the Mekong River, have been warned to brace for possible flooding even though tropical storm Pakhar has now been downgraded to a low-pressure system.
Districts in Nakhon Phanom province including That Phanom, Tha Uthen, Ban Phaeng, and Mueang; and also areas consisting of 100,000 rai of rice fields along the Mun and Songkhram rivers are at high risk of inundation because of the continuous heavy rain, officials said yesterday.
WRITER: PRATUAN KAJONVUTHINUN AND ONLINE REPORTERS
Water continues to be discharged from a major reservoir in Sakon Nakhon and a flood watch has been ordered in parts of the North, Northeast and Central Plain with heavy rain expected over the region, brought by tropical storm Pakhar.
The Nam Phung reservoir is holding 170 million cubic metres of water, about 3% over its usual holding capacity of 165 million cubic metres.
WRITER: WASSANA NANUAM & AFP
The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) is bracing itself for a possible new influx of Rohingya fleeing fighting that has escalated in Myanmar's Rakhine state.
The RTN's move came after clashes between Myanmar police and the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) in Rakhine state on Friday.
People in the North and the Northeast are being urged to brace for heavy rain to be brought by tropical storm Pakhar.
The Meteorological Department said the storm is expected to move northwest at about 25km/h through China's Hainan to upper Vietnam today and tomorrow.
It has no influence on Thailand at this stage but it will bring torrential downpours in the northern and northeastern regions when it reaches upper Vietnam, the department said.
Residents in both regions are being advised to closely monitor weather advisories and take precautions.
By SUNTHON PONGPAO
AYUTTHAYA - Water discharged from the Chao Phraya Dam caused flooding in six districts of this central province on Thursday, affecting almost 16,000 families.
The dam in Chai Nat has discharged water at an increased rate of 1,498 cubic metres of water per second for four consecutive days, causing flooding in riverside communities along the Chao Phraya and Noi rivers in Ayutthaya province.
The discharge was made necessary by the flood surge from the North moving downriver into the reservoir.
By SUNTHORN PONGPAO AND CHUDATE SEEHAWONG
AYUTTHAYA/CHAI NAT - Several communities in Bang Ban district of Ayutthaya have been flooded for the fourth time in three months following an increase in the discharge rate from the Chao Phraya Dam.
Writer: Penchan Charoensuthipan
The government is processing more than 770,000 illegal migrant workers who decided to register with the state in their bid to stay in the country, Employment Department director-general Waranon Pitiwan says.
Penalties under the newly-promulgated law on foreign labour employment will be suspended until the law takes effect on Jan 1 when Thailand will adopt a zero tolerance of illegal labour, he said.
Multi-billion-baht projects on water management and transport will be tabled to the mobile cabinet meeting which will kick off Monday in Nakhon Ratchasima.
Somkiat Prajamwong, deputy director-general of the Royal Irrigation Department (RID), said Sunday his agency has prepared a plan to tackle flooding and drought in the Northeast, including the Chi-Mun River basin areas as well as provinces next to the Mekong River. It will be proposed to the cabinet Tuesday, he said.
The cabinet meeting will be held at Suranaree University of Technology.
CHIANG RAI: The Mae Sai River burst its banks and swamped the border shopping area and roads in Mae Sai district yesterday morning.
Overnight heavy rain caused the river to overflow in the border area between Mae Sai district and Tachilek in Myanmar.
CHIANG RAI - The Mae Sai River burst its banks and swamped the border shopping area and roads in Mae Sai district on Friday morning.
Overnight heavy rain caused the river to overflow in the border area between Mae Sai district and Tachileik in Myanmar.
In the border market of Sailomjoy, more than 200 shops were flooded with some spots under more than one metre of water on Friday morning. Vendors scrambled to take their goods to higher ground, but many were unable to remove them in time.
WRITER: ACHADTAYA CHUENNIRAN AND ONLINE REPORTERS
PHUKET - A landslide warning has been issued for this island province, with much of it already ravaged by flooding and heavy monsoon rain expected for the rest of this week.
Phuket governor Noraphat Plodthong said on Tuesday the southern meteorological centre forecast the southwest monsoon prevailing over the Andaman Sea, the Gulf of Thailand and the southern coast would bring heavy rain to several southern provinces between Aug 15 and 19.