PM Visits Flood Sites in Ubon Ratchathani07 Oct 2023
UBON RATCHATHANI (NNT) - The northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani once again faces concerns of flooding, a recurring issue for the city. In response, various projects are proposed to mitigate the flood crisis. The severity of this year’s flood is expected to be less intense compared to previous years.During a visit to Ubon Ratchathani, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, accompanied by a delegation, took stock of the flood situation. They convened meetings to discuss solutions and distributed aid to flood victims in the capital district and Phibun Mangsahan district.Prime Minister Srettha expressed concerns over the annual flooding issue in the province. While governmental agencies are ready to assist the public in all aspects, the best scenario would be the absence of such disasters, ensuring the well-being of citizens. As October progresses, more water is expected to flow into the area. Several projects to address the flood situation in Ubon Ratchathani are in the pipeline, with expectations to be realized during the current government’s tenure.The Prime Minister and Minister of Finance further commented on the effectiveness of the current water management practices. They suggested exploring innovative approaches, such as accelerating water release timelines, to prevent potential drought concerns.
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Minister Varawut Inspects Suphan Buri Preparation for Potential Flooding03 Oct 2023
SUPHAN BURI (NNT) - Efforts to monitor and manage potential flooding in the capital district of Suphan Buri province were accelerated recently, as local water levels rise and concerns among local communities grow. An on-site inspection of water levels at the Pho Phraya floodgate was carried out by Varawut Silpa-archa, Minister of Social Development and Human Security, along with the Member of Parliament for Suphan Buri and other relevant authorities.Minister Varawut noted that concerns raised by a member of parliament (MP) representing Suphan Buri reflect those of the local populace. Anxiety levels have risen among residents, particularly after witnessing heavy flooding in Sukhothai, Phrae, and Lampang provinces. Presently, the flow rate through the Chao Phraya Dam remains at a safe level which is below 1,000 cubic meters per second, which ensures that there is currently no need to release additional water downstream.For precautionary reasons, Varawut stated that his team is continuously monitoring water levels at various floodgates and river sections, to plan for any long-term flooding events. He emphasized that even in the absence of additional rainfall, water from the northern region should be able to flow safely through the Chao Phraya River to the sea.
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Aid Dispatched to Flood Victims03 Oct 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - In response to the escalating flood crisis affecting multiple provinces, the Royal Thai Police (RTP) has activated a high-priority directive aimed at coordinating a comprehensive response effort. Under the leadership of Commissioner-General Pol Gen Torsak Sukwimol, police units across the nation have been instructed to collaborate closely with relevant agencies to implement preventive and relief measures.The primary objectives of this directive are twofold: first, to alleviate the suffering of the public in the face of this natural disaster, and second, to prevent criminal activities seeking to exploit the flood situation. To achieve these goals, the police are actively engaging with local authorities to prevent theft of property and agricultural equipment. This collaborative effort seeks to ensure that flood victims are not further burdened by criminal activities during this challenging time.Additionally, plans are in motion to establish checkpoints, particularly in areas where personal belongings and vehicles are temporarily stored on higher ground or along roadsides, to deter potential incidents.In a parallel endeavor, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is fully mobilized to provide emergency assistance. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Pol. Gen. Patcharawat Wongsuwon, has tasked all units under his ministry with immediate relief activities. Permanent Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, Jatuporn Buruspat, is overseeing the situation closely, and a joint operation center is being set up to ensure the effective coordination and command of relief efforts.Furthermore, both the Royal Thai Police and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment are prepared to deploy additional resources, including manpower, equipment, and vehicles, to assist with possible evacuations and to assess damages to residences, police stations, and accommodations affected by the flood crisis. These coordinated efforts underscore the commitment of the Thai government to safeguarding the well-being of its citizens during times of adversity.
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Flooding Hits Northern Thailand, Deputy Prime Minister Assures Aid02 Oct 2023
SUKHOTHAI (NNT) - On Sunday, the Yom River burst its embankments and flooded Muang district in the northern province of Sukhothai, affecting approximately 1,300 households and submerging around 960 acres of farmland.Deputy Prime Minister Somsak Thepsutin promptly visited the affected areas in Sukhothai province to assess the situation and provide much-needed assistance. He expressed concerns that the province might face additional torrents from Phrae province, potentially exacerbating the flooding.In a reassuring effort to address the ongoing crisis, Deputy Prime Minister Somsak Thepsutin pledged government support for the affected communities. The response includes both immediate relief efforts and longer-term plans to mitigate future risks.Meanwhile, floodwaters in Lom Sak district of Phetchabun province, also located in the northern region, began to recede on Sunday. The local reservoirs were currently at 80-90% capacity, potentially signaling reduced risk in the region.The Highways Department reported several major road closures in the northern provinces of Lampang, Lamphun, and Sukhothai due to flooding and mudslides.The situation in northern Thailand remains fluid, with ongoing efforts to provide relief, assess damage, and manage the effects of the flooding. Local authorities and government agencies are closely monitoring the situation to ensure the safety and well-being of affected residents and communities.
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Thailand to Face Heavy Rain This Week02 Oct 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - Government agencies have issued warnings about the anticipated heavy rainfall and rising water levels throughout the first week of October. The Meteorological Department has specifically highlighted regions in the North, Northeast, and the South as areas that will experience heavy rains.From Tuesday until Saturday, heavy downpours are expected in the lower Northeast, the lower Central Plain, the East, and the South. As a result, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has cautioned residents living near waterways in 11 provinces within the Chao Phraya river basin to be vigilant, as water levels could start to rise as early as Monday.The warning extends to residents of Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Bangkok, Chai Nat, Lop Buri, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Sing Buri, Suphan Buri, and Uthai Thani. In some low-lying areas of Ang Thong and Ayutthaya, water levels may rise by 1.00-1.50 meters.The department has attributed these conditions to the influx of water flowing from the North, with heavy rainfall expected in the Northeast, the Central Plain, and the South throughout the week.
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Officials Warn Myanmar’s Fault Threatens Quake in 5-10 Years23 Jun 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - The Department of Mineral Resources warned that a major active fault in Myanmar could potentially trigger a 7.5-magnitude earthquake within the next 5-10 years. However, the agency reassures that the potential disaster would not cause serious damage to Thailand.Department of Mineral Resources Director-General Oranuch Lorpensri has disclosed that Myanmar’s Sagaing Fault is still active and has enough energy to possibly trigger a major earthquake up to a magnitude of 7.5 within the next 5-10 years. To support this possibility, she highlights recent seismic activities in the area such as the magnitude 5.6 earthquake on June 19 near Myanmar’s southern coast. The impact was felt in various parts of Thailand.The director-general stated that the department is currently working with related agencies to assess the potential impact of these earthquakes on Thailand. An initial evaluation has found that future earthquakes triggered by the Sagaing Fault would most likely cause tiny fractures or minor damage to Bangkok’s cement walls while large buildings would remain largely unaffected. She also assures that major structures in Bangkok have earthquake-resistant designs in line with regulations from the Interior Ministry. In addition to the Sagaing Fault in Myanmar, the department has identified 15 active faults within Thailand that have the potential to cause earthquakes of varying intensities. The director-general assures that authorities will monitor these faults and warn local residents of any seismic activities.
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Explosion at Ratchawinit High School Claims One Life23 Jun 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - An explosion at Bangkok’s Ratchawinit High School this morning (June 23) resulted in the death of one student and left at least 9 people injured. The tragic event occurred at approximately 11:22 a.m. during a routine fire evacuation drill.Preliminary information suggests that the explosion was caused by a CO2 fire suppression tank, which unexpectedly detonated during the drill. Authorities are currently conducting a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the incident. Reports indicate that the deceased student was a representative from Mathayom 5, who was actively participating in the fire suppression demonstration. The student’s identity has not been released pending notification of the family. In response to the incident, Ratchawinit High School has been placed on lockdown, with strict security measures in place to ensure the safety of its students and staff. Access to the premises is also restricted to authorized personnel only, while forensic investigators have already arrived at the scene to conduct a thorough examination. Local authorities are now working diligently to provide support to the affected students, their families, and the school community. Counseling services have also been made available to help students cope with the traumatic event.As the situation continues to unfold, the authorities said they remain committed to providing timely updates as further information becomes available.
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Earthquake in Myanmar Felt by Bangkok Residents20 Jun 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - Many residents in Bangkok and Nonthaburi on Monday (19 June) experienced tremors from a 6.0-magnitude earthquake that struck off the coast of Myanmar. Some schools and offices have evacuated people from the building where the tremors could be felt.A video clip surfacing online shows swinging ceiling lamps caused by the tremors on the 8th floor of the Hydro-Informatics Institute’s office in Bangkok’s Bang Khen district. Staff members of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) were also seen fleeing the building.According to the Meteorological Department, the earthquake occurred at 8:40 AM off the southern coast of Myanmar at a depth of 10 km below the earth’s surface. Tremors were reported in many areas of Bangkok including Asok, Lat Phrao, Krung Thep Kritha and Sam Yan, as well as areas in Nonthaburi.The epicenter of the quake was the Sagaing Fault, a 1,200-km-long fault line that extends across Myanmar from north to south. The fault marks the border between the western Burma tectonic plate and the Shan-Thai plate, which move at the rate of 20 millimeters each year.Later in the day, Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt and seismology experts revealed that the tremors detected by seismic sensors were at a very low level which all buildings in the city can withstand. He added the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will be improving cooperation with seismic monitoring agencies to better alert the general public.According to the governor, the BMA will also organize earthquake evacuation drills and raise public awareness on what to do in case of seismic activities, even though the chances of an earthquake occurring in Bangkok remain very low.
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