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.
BANGKOK, 5 January 2018 (NNT) – The Department of Disease Control (DDC) has outlined seven communicable diseases it believes will need close attention in 2018.
Deputy Director-General of the DDC Dr. Suasadang Ruayajin voiced concern for the public’s health in 2018, stating his office is to implement precautionary measures against seven communicable diseases.
NAN, 16th December 2017 (NNT) - The Red Cross Society has provided blankets to victims of the cold weather crisis in Pua subdistrict, Nan province.
Dr. Amnat Balee, Director of the Relief and Community Health Bureau, Red Cross Society together with the Royal Thai Air Force, the TV Cameramen and Reporters Association of Thailand under Royal Patronage, and artists and celebrities have cooperated with Nan province to hold the event “Do Good Things for the King 2018” at Pua District Office, Nan province.
BANGKOK, 13th December 2017 (NNT) - The Department of Disease Control (DDC) has held a strategic seminar on insect-borne communicable disease prevention to promote healthy lifestyles in rural areas.
DDC Director-General Dr. Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai said during the recent seminar that Thailand has successfully implemented an insect-borne disease prevention program and completely eliminated elephantiasis from the country.
SONGKHLA, 13 December 2017 (NNT) - The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has confirmed that five southern provinces are still flooded.
According to the DDPM, the five provinces are Songkhla, Phatthalung, Trang, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Surat Thani.
In Songkhla province, Songkhla Lake has overflowed its embankments and flooded the homes of more than 114,000 people.
130,800 people in the municipality of Phatthalung and surrounding areas are going through a similar ordeal.
December 2, 2017, Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha expressed concern over flood situation in the Southern part of Thailand as he was reported that 9 provinces, that is, Phattalung, Trang, Nakhon Si THammarat, Pattani, Songkhla, Narathiwat, Yala, Surat Thani, and Satun, have been inundated since November 25, 2017 from unceasing rainfall. A total of 84 districts and 161,266 households have already been affected.
BANGKOK, 3rd December 2017 (NNT) - Relief aid and urgent assistance have been rushed to flood victims in southern Nakhon Si Thammarat.
Governor Chamroen Thippayapongtada led a team of local officials on Saturday to deliver 150 sets of essential items and offer moral support to 58 households of Lang Bueng Community in Mueang District, who were among those hit hard by recent flooding.
YALA, 3rd December 2017 (NNT) - The flood situation in Yala has improved while other southern provinces such as Trang, and Pattani continue to be submerged.
In Trang, some flood barriers of the Trang River in Mueang district have collapsed, causing flooding in 14 villages, as well as farmland, a school and many government places. A temporary shelter has seen set up for flood-affected people.
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 30th November 2017, (NNT) - The South of Thailand has continued to experience heavy rain, which has triggered flash floods and rain water runoff in several areas. A number of provinces have declared disaster zones in various districts.
In Nakhon Si Thammarat, officials of Khao Luang National Park in Phrom Khiri district have temporarily closed access to Phrom Lok Waterfall, Ai Khiao Waterfall and three other waterfalls under their jurisdiction, following heavy runoff in the park. The officials urged nearby residents to beware of flash floods.
BANGKOK, 26th November 2017 (NNT) - More help has been rushed to flood victims in Thailand’s southern region.
Phetchaburi governor Chatporn Ratdusadee has led a group of local officials and officers from related agencies to King Mongkut Memorial Hospital or Phra Chom Klao Hospital to offer support to medical personnel, who have been preparing to join the Phetchaburi Provincial Health Office in receiving patients affected by recent flooding and in a tour to all flood-hit areas to distribute basic medical supply.
KHON KAEN, 14th November 2017 (NNT) - The Department of Agricultural Extension and 202 communities in Khon Kaen province have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to assist farmers affected by flooding this year.
The Deputy Governor of Khon Kaen, Suchai Butsara, presided over the signing ceremony at the Khon Kaen Provincial Hall. The memorandum, under the state's 9101 economic stimulus scheme, was signed by the Acting Director General of the Department of Agricultural Extension and a representative of the 202 communities in the northeastern province.
Following the recent 7.3 magnitude earthquake with the epicenter in Halabjah, northeastern part of Iraq close to the border with Iran on 12 November 2017. The earthquake caused massive damage to the province of Kermanshah in Iran with more than 500 lives were lost and thousands of injuries including damage to basic infrastructure and houses.
UDORN THANI, 16 November 2017 (NNT) – Udorn Thani Provincial Agricultural Office has signed an agreement with the 9101 Following in the Father's Footsteps campaign to help recover the agricultural occupations of flood victims.
Acting Udorn Thani provincial agriculture official Tanawat Tanatanyapit said the office has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the 9101 Following in the Father's Footsteps campaign to help with the recovery of the occupations of the flood victims in 143 communities of the northeastern province.
NONTHABURI, 15 November 2017 (NNT) – The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has delivered 50,000 sets of medicine to flood victims in the southern region.
Deputy MOPH Permanent-Secretary Opas Karnkawinpong said the ministry has continued to provide assistance to the southern flood victims while the flood water has begun to decrease in the central, northern, and northeastern regions with many clinics and hospitals to continue their operations, but some areas still remain affected requiring them to provide services at other makeshift locations nearby.
THAILAND, 11th November 2017 (NNT) – Eleven provinces in Thailand remain flooded while people in the southern region have been warned of further heavy rains and gusty winds.
According to the Ministry of the Interior, eleven provinces that are still under water include Phichit, Nakhon Sawan, Sing Buri, Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Suphan Buri, Nong Bua Lamphu, Khon Kaen, Maha Sarakham, Kalasin, and Roi Et. A total of 88,227 households are affected by the widespread inundation.