By Jintamas Saksornchai, Staff Reporter
PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN — Streets turned into fast-moving rivers as flash floods triggered by the heaviest rainfall in decades struck the southern coastal province of Prachuap Khiri Khan, killing two and affecting thousands.
Although the water levels have started to decrease, several communities in four districts of the province remained cut off Monday after flooding and landslides destroyed a number of roads and bridges during the weekend. A toddler drowned and a woman died after being unable to make it to a hospital.
By Jintamas Saksornchai, Staff Reporter - September 24, 2018 1:02 pm
BANGKOK — Dengue deaths among Thais are up over 30 percent from last year, the health ministry said Sunday.
Low awareness about the disease was blamed by one official for the rise in deaths, but infections have also spiked by over 50 percent since January compared to the same period in 2017.
Jedsada Chokdamrongsuk, permanent health secretary, said the increased mortality was partly due to people only seeking medical attention after their symptoms become severe.
By Jintamas Saksornchai, Staff Reporter - September 17, 2018 5:16 pm
MAE HONG SON — A 2-year-old girl was found dead as seven people remain missing Monday when a landslide swept a refugee center in Mae Hong Son province.
Fifteen more people were injured and at least six homes were destroyed when torrential rain triggered flash floods and landslide yesterday evening at Ban Mae La Oon refugee camp in Sop Moei District. A search and rescue operation is underway.
Officials said residents face food and clothing shortages as water swept away most of their belongings.
By Chayanit Itthipongmaetee, Staff Reporter - August 2, 2018 11:59 am
Kyaw Kyaw Naing wakes before the sun to start his first shift at 5am. At 11:30am, he gets a three-hour break before going back to work again until nearly midnight.
Kyaw is a son, husband and father who waits tables 15 hours every day at a restaurant in the southern Thai province of Ranong. It’s the only means of support for his elderly parents, wife and infant son.
BANGKOK — Swimmers and boats are warned to stay out of the water in the south of Thailand where powerful storms are producing rough sea conditions and flooding.
Thunderstorms are driving strong winds of up to 30kph in both the Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Sea, prompting red-flag warnings on beaches throughout the southern region. The capital will see only light showers.
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.
BANGKOK — Somewhere in the capital city is a tiny, 30sqm room shared by seven people. Four of them fled their home four years ago after it was flattened by a bomb.
The other three, a woman and her two children, arrived just four months ago after her husband was killed by ISIS fighters in the Syrian capital of Damascus.
By Asaree Thaitrakulpanich, Staff Reporter
PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN — Massive flooding which has ravaged dozens of provinces in recent weeks and killed at least 20 people is still affecting Isaan, while the south is drying out Thursday from a fresh monsoon.
Water levels are still high in 10 central and northeastern provinces, where flooding that began in late July has been blamed for 18 deaths. Provinces which remain affected include Nakhon Sawan, Sing Buri, Ayutthaya, Suphan Buri, Maha Sarakham, Roi Et and Khon Kaen, where some of the worst flooding was beginning to recede.
By Sasiwan Mokkhasen, Staff Reporter - October 25, 2017 5:54 pm
BANGKOK — Water levels remained critical in three flooded regions Wednesday as the prime minister thanked flooded provinces in the central region for their sacrifice.
With the capital safe from flooding on the eve of an important historical event, Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha thanked farmers in central provinces Tuesday for the “sacrifice” of their farmland and rice fields as buffers to absorb excess water.
By Pravit Rojanaphruk, Senior Staff Writer
BANGKOK - Sandbags were placed Thursday along the northern side of both banks of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, in an effort to prevent possible floods.
Bangkok Governor Police Gen. Asawin Kwanmuang boarded a boat on Thursday to survey areas along the river in the capital and warned that 430 Bangkok homes in 18 communities outside the dyke may soon be affected by the rising water level flowing down the river from upper provinces.