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Thailand’s worst drought in 40 years is officially over, as Thailand’s Meteorological Department today predicted continuous rains for the entire country with flash floods possible in the East and South. A low pressure cell is covering Myanmar’s Bay of Martaban while the southwest monsoon across the Andaman Sea and Thailand is growing stronger.

The department predicts continuous rain over Thailand and isolated heavy rain in the East and the South (west coast).

“People in these areas should beware of rain storms that may include flash floods. Winds and waves in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand will strengthen from tomorrow to Wednesday, with waves about 2 metres high and higher during thundershowers. All ships in the Andaman Sea from Phuket northward should proceed with extreme caution and avoid thundershowers.”

Cloudy skies are forecast for Bangkok with scattered thundershowers. Minimum temperature will be around 26-27°C and maximum temperature 33-37°C. Southwesterly winds will blow at 10-20 kilometres per hour.

From today through Friday the low pressure cell covering the Gulf of Martaban will intensify and move to the upper Bay of Bengal.

People in volatile areas should beware of severe conditions that may cause flash floods throughout the period. During June 7-11, all ships in the Andaman Sea should proceed with caution and avoid sailing into thundershowers.

Here is the forecast for the next 24 hours:

North

Cloudy with scattered thundershowers, mostly in Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai,
Lamphun, Lampang, Sukhothai, Kamphaeng Phet and Tak. Lows of 24-25°C, highs of 35-38°C. Southwesterly winds of 10-30 kph.

Northeast

Cloudy with scattered thundershowers mostly in Loei, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Udon Thani,
Nong Khai, Ubon ratchathani, Si Sa Ket, Surin, Buriram, Nakhon Ratchasima, Chaiyaphum and Khon Kaen. Lows of 24-26°C, highs of 34-36°C. Southwesterly winds at 10-20 kph.

Central Region

Partly cloudy with scattered thundershowers, mostly in Ratchaburi, Kanchanaburi,
Uthai Thani, Chai Nat, Nakhon Sawan, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Nakhon Pathom, Suphan Buri and Samut Songkhram. Lows of 24-25°C, highs of 35-38 °C. Southwesterly winds of 10-30 kph.

East

Very cloudy with fairly widespread thundershowers and isolated heavy rain in Prachin Buri, Chachoengsao, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat. Lows of 23-27°C, highs of 28-36°C. Southwesterly winds of 15-35 kph. Wave height 1-2 metres and about 2 metres in thundershower areas.

South (East Coast)

Very cloudy with scattered thundershowers mostly in Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Yala and Narathiwat. Lows of 24-26°C, highs of 32-35°C. Southwesterly winds of 15-30 kph.Wave height about 1 metre and about 2 metres in thundershower areas.

South (West Coast)

Very cloudy with fairly widespread thundershowers and isolated heavy rain in Ranong, Phangnga, Phuket and Krabi. Lows of 24-25°C, highs of 30-32°C. From Phuket northward, southwesterly winds of 20-35 kph. Wave height about 2 metres and above 2 metres in thundershower areas. From Krabi southward, southwesterly winds of 15-35 kph. Wave height 1-2 metres and about 2 metres in thundershower areas.

Bangkok

Cloudy with scattered thundershower and isolated heavy rain. Lows of 25-27°C, highs 33-37°C. Southwesterly winds 10-30 kph.

SOURCES: Nation Thailand | TMD

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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A zoo in the eastern province of Chon Buri is inviting people to vote on the name of a baby pygmy hippopotamus born last month. Anuphong Anont from Khao Kheow Open Zoo says the baby made its first public appearance yesterday.

“The female baby hippo was born on January 14 to 6-year-old mother Kanya and 21-year-old father Tony. The baby hippo is healthy but is very attached to her mum, so we let them have some privacy before introducing the new family member to the public.”

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The zoo is home to 10 hippos and now 8 pygmy hippos, which are a tenth of the size of regular hippos. Among the zoo’s residents is Mali, Thailand’s oldest hippopotamus, who is 55 years old. Visitors to the zoo are being asked to choose from 2 potential names for the latest arrival, with voting taking place on the facility’s Facebook page.

“We have narrowed it down to 2 choices: Moo Wan or Bacon. People can vote for their favourite choice at the zoo’s Facebook page until April 5.”

Nation Thailand reports that everyone who votes will be entered into a draw, with a chance to win the top prize of 3,000 baht. 10 others will receive free entry to the zoo for a year. The results will be announced on April 12.

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South East Asia was the source of Covid-19, not China. Even more specifically, it came from Thailand… from the famous Chatuchak market, or, as quoted correctly “a market LIKE Chatuchak”.

That’s the claims of a Danish epidemiologist Thea Kolsen Fischer, who was on a recent World Health Organisation fact-finding mission to Wuhan to examine the origins of the latest coronavirus pandemic. The claims were printed in Denmark’s daily newspaper Politiken this week and have half left Thai officials flabbergasted.

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Thailand’s Department of Disease Control held a media conference yesterday to refute the claims, claiming that it regularly tests animals at the market. The spokesperson also responded to an earlier news article by Russia’s Sputnik news agency suggesting that a similar strain of the novel coronavirus found in bats in Thailand appeared to resemble Sars-CoV-2… Covid-19.

Citing a new study published in Nature Communications, the Sputnik news agency claimed there are bats in Thailand with a virus, a coronavirus, that matches the one that causes Covid-19. Given the much-less-easy to remember code name RacCS203, the new virus was identified in the blood of five horseshoe bats that had been tested in an artificial cave at a wildlife sanctuary somewhere in eastern Thailand.

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Got an old smartphone or tablet lying around and unsure what to do with it? You can now get rid of your used electronic devices by boxing them up and handing them to your postman, as part of a new campaign by Thailand Post and mobile operator AIS.

Nation Thailand reports that the move comes amid a surge in “e-waste” around the world, with many countries struggling to dispose of items safely. Thailand Post has responded to the challenge by launching a campaign that is an extension of the disposal points that already exist at post offices throughout the country, where people can get rid of their old devices. Thailand Post says the new service is free of charge and makes disposal even easier.

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“We would like to thank Thailand Post for cooperating in the campaign to help people dispose of e-waste (safely).”

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