Bangkok, 18 November 2011 - As Thailand experiences one of its worst floods in recent memory, the United Nations is lending its full support to assist the country recover from the disaster. The United Nations stands in solidarity with all those who have been affected by the floods.
Following a tour of the flood-affected area on 16 November, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said that he was shocked by the reality of the disaster.
Joint Report Highlights Development Potential of Migration in Thailand, Warns of Policy Shortfall
Thailand - Migration is contributing to growth, development and stability in Thailand, but to harness its full potential, the South East Asian nation must introduce comprehensive and long term migration policies, according to a joint report launched today.
The Thailand Migration Report 2011 says that despite efforts to control irregular migration, large numbers of irregular migrant workers from neighbouring countries continue to arrive and work in Thailand.
The tsunami that struck Thailand on 26 December 2004 was the greatest natural disaster in the country's history. It left in its wake unprecedented damage and destruction. A year after the tsunami, this report looks at the impact of the disaster, Thailand's response, and the role of international partners in relief and recovery efforts.
The tsunami affected six provinces along the Andaman Coast of Thailand, leaving more than 8,000 dead, a third of them foreigners.
The Thai Ministry of Interior Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) is the central body collating tsunami-related data from other Government agencies: its latest summary was released last week, and current figures confirm no changes to the official death toll (5,395 fatalities: 1,972 Thai nationals and 2,248 foreign nationals from 37 countries), or the 2,817 people who were posted missing. Other key figures:
The devastating tsunami that struck the Indian Ocean region in late December 2004 had a massive impact on the six Andaman provinces of Thailand. As of 01 August 2005, the Thai Ministry of Interior Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) confirmed that 5,395 people lost their lives in the disaster, 2,248 of which were foreign nationals from 37 other countries, and 2,817 people remain missing. Around 1,650 bodies have yet to be formally identified, according to the Thailand Tsunami Victim Identification Centre (TTVI) on 11 August.
In Thailand the emergency phase was considered to be mostly over within two months of the tsunami, and the country is now well into the recovery phase. With the Government moving towards longer term rehabilitation and recovery in four key areas, the United Nations Country Team is also implementing programmes in these fields of social protection, livelihood recovery, environmental rehabilitation and disaster preparedness.
In Thailand the emergency phase was considered to be mostly over within two months of the tsunami, and the country is now well into the recovery phase.
The Thai Ministry of Interior Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation issued its latest data on the tsunami on 08 June: the overall figure for fatalities is now given as 5,395, i.e. 1,972 Thai nationals and 2,248 foreign nationals. There are also 2,817 people still missing.
The figure is based on the number of bodies received by the Disaster Victim Identification Centre (DVI) i.e. 5,395 bodies, of which 2,076 have yet to be identified. The other 3,319 have been identified, certified, and claimed by relatives for burial.
The Thai Ministry of Interior Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation issued its latest data on the tsunami on 19 May: the overall figure for fatalities is now put at 5,396, i.e. an increase of one foreign national since the last report. 1,175 bodies remain unidentified.
II. OVERVIEW OF ACTIVITIES, RESPONSES
To improve coordination, a TICA (Thailand International Development Cooperation Agency) and DDPM (Department for Disaster Prevention and Mitigation) delegation visited OCHA Geneva 12-13 May, sponsored by UNDP.
The Thai Ministry of Interior Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation issued its latest data on the tsunami on 2 May: the overall figure for fatalities has not changed from 5,395 but as more bodies are identified the number of Thai deceased (1,975) has risen by 14 since mid April and foreign nationals by 292 (now 2,245).
While it must be stressed that the overall situation in Thailand remain stable in general, an increased number of violent incidents in the so-called deep South as well as Government's toughened policy towards the region are raising some concerns. A special session of both Houses of the Parliament is expected to be convened in the end of March 2005 to discuss the situation.
- Overall Situation
I. Mission in Brief
The mission visited Phuket and Phang Nga, two most affected provinces among the six southern provinces hit by the recent tsunami. Taking the targeted area-based approach, the mission conducted both site visits and meetings with relevant provincial and local government agencies as well as the people. In areas where houses are completely destroyed and residents were evacuated, the mission visited both the affected sites and relief camps where residents were relocated. The mission also visited temporary and permanent shelter sites planned for the residents.
Most of the 400km western coastline of Thailand has been devastated by the large tsunami that struck South and South-East Asia the morning of 26 December (approximately 10am in Thailand). The coastal provinces of Ranong, Phang-Nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun have been severely affected. The combined population of these provinces is 1.9 million, many living in coastal areas.