BANGKOK, 23rd June 2018 (NNT) – The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives is planning to launch cloud-seeding operations in agricultural zones due to this year’s low precipitation in some regions.
Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Grisada Boonrach has asked all agencies under his ministry to keep abreast of weather updates and to lend a helping hand to those in need.
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.
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.
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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.
This Thailand Disaster Management Reference Handbook offers readers an operational understanding of the nation’s disaster management capability and vulnerability, with detailed information on demographics, hazards, government structure, regional and international assistance, infrastructure, laws and guidelines, risks and vulnerabilities, and other areas vital to a comprehensive disaster management knowledge base.
NONG KHAI, 14th May 2018, (NNT) - The Meteorological Department has predicted less rain nationwide from now to May 18th, while officials have been dispatched to help repair damaged houses and buildings resulting from recent storms.
In Nong Khai province, the provincial governor, the head of the provincial chapter of the Red Cross Society and concerned officers visited storm victims in Sangkhom district, after a tropical storm laid waste to the area. The group handed out financial aid and promised to send more help.
On 7 May 2018, the Governments of Thailand and Myanmar successfully returned the second group of 93 displaced persons from Myanmar to their homeland. A total of 20 persons from Ban Mai Nai Soi Temporary Shelter in Mae Hong Son Province left Thailand and entered Myanmar at the Ban Huay Ton Nun – Me Se border area in Mae Hong Son Province, while 73 others from temporary shelters in Kanchanaburi Province and Tak Province used the Mae Sot-Myawaddy international border crossing in Tak Province as entry point into Myanmar.
BANGKOK, 6th May 2018 (NNT) - The Interior Ministry has instructed all agencies to prepare disaster prevention measures ahead of the upcoming rainy season.
The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has set up emergency command units at all administrative areas to monitor the situation in flood-prone communities around the clock.
SURAT THANI, 1 May 2018 (NNT) – The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has assured it is ready to provide assistance to any areas severely affected by heavy rains with Surat Thani the latest province to be impacted by a typhoon.
BANGKOK, 28 April 2018 (NNT) – Thirty provinces have been recently affected by thunderstorms while rescue and recovery missions are currently underway, said Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) Director-General Chayapol Titisak.
He revealed 375 villages in the 30 provinces have been affected by the thunderstorms during 23-28 April 2018, affecting 7,364 villagers with one reported fatality.
KHON KAEN, 17 April 2018 (NNT) - Thailand's Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has advised people to take precautions after a tropical storm wreaked havoc in many areas of the country.
In Khon Kaen province, strong winds have felled large trees in Non Sombun sub-district, damaging the Non Sombun Municipality Office, Non Charoen Temple and several homes.
NAKHON PANOM, 16 April 2018 (NNT) – Summer storms have wreaked havoc in many areas of Thailand's northeast, affecting Songkran festivals.
Nakhon Panom’s 2018 Songkran Festival space, setup at the Panomnaka atrium of the province’s municipal office, was heavily damaged by summer storms through the night. Downpours and high winds toppled tents and daamaged goods setup for the activity. Nearby residences were also damaged by the weather.
CHIANG MAI, 28th March 2018 (NNT) - The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives and the Royal Thai Air Force have joined forces to conduct artificial rainmaking to prevent the formation of hailstorms.
BANGKOK, 19 March 2018, (NNT) - According to the 4th Army Commander, the situation in southern Thailand has significantly improved, judging from the economic performance and the rising number of people joining the ‘Bring People Home’ campaign.
On 15 March 2018, H.E. Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, presented a pledging letter to contribute USD 100,000 to Mr. Shinji Kubo, Acting Head of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Office in Thailand, for humanitarian assistance to the displaced persons in Bangladesh. On this occasion, H.E. Mr. Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh also witnessed the presentation.
BANGKOK, 11th March 2018 (NNT) – The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has unclogged canals and cleaned sewer drains in a move to prevent future flooding in the capital city.
Deputy Bangkok Governor Chakkaphan Phewngam led BMA officials, soldiers, and volunteers to clean Ban Khamin Canal and other waterways in Bangkok Noi district as part of the BMA’s flood prevention plan which aims to unclog 6,400 kilometers of sewer lines and 1,682 small and large canals stretching over 2,000 kilometers.
From December 2017 - February 2018, the Thai public prosecutors have prosecuted 7 stateless fishing vessels on three offences, namely, the falsification of Port-in Port-out documents and provision of fraudulent reports to the competent port authority; employing fishing crews with no work permits; and human-trafficking of 9 Indonesian crew and 6 Filipino crew, totaling 15 persons, who were found to be victims of forced labour onboard. Further investigation led to the arrest and prosecution of the recruitment agent with human-trafficking offences.
On 1 February 2018, Mr. Panyarak Poolthup, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand, presented a contribution of 50,000 euros or approximately 2 million baht from the Royal Thai Government to the Government of the Republic of Cuba as humanitarian assistance to the Cuban people affected by Hurricane Irma in September 2017.
With regard to the End of Mission Statement by Ms. Yanghee Lee, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, on 1 February 2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand wishes to state the followings:
The Royal Thai Government believes in constructive dialogue, building trust and confidence, and positive engagement with all actors. It was in this spirit that we facilitated the Special Rapporteur’s meetings with Government representatives while in Thailand.