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Brush fires are raging on in Thailand’s northern Chiang Mai Province as air pollution soars. Firefighters say they are struggling to put out the fires which line the Suthep-Pui National Park. A KA-32 helicopter has been brought in to help contain the fires after they spread fastly through the bamboo forest. The helicopters have already put out about half of the fires with authorities saying the fires should be put out soon, thanks to the more than 200 people who have volunteered to help. A man has been detained in connection to the fires, but he has denied all allegations.

Meanwhile, air pollution is soaring in northern Thailand with Chiang Mai ranking again yesterday in the top 3 most polluted cities in the world according to IQ AirVisual. Just a few days ago, Chiang Mai was ranked first in the world for air pollution as Suwanchai Wattanaying Charoenchai, the director-general of the Department of Health, saying over 250,000 people have sought treatment for eye and nose issues due to the heavy smog blanketing Thailand’s northern provinces. Suwanchai says the excessive PM2.5 dust particles are causing an increase in those seeking medical treatment.

People with respiratory diseases are seeing an increase in symptoms, with young children and the elderly being the most vulnerable. Such ailments like asthma, eye infections and coronary artery disease have been attributed to the increase in pollution.

The cause of the pollution is mainly due to wildfires sprouting up as a result of open burning across the border in Myanmar forests and locally around northern farms in Thailand. The government has warned farmers to not burn the past year’s crops, but the issue still remains.

AQI readings by the Pollution Control Department also reveal that 5 northern provinces of Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Tak and Lamphun recorded unhealthy to hazardous levels of air quality.

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

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    Sierra

    Friday, March 12, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    It’s just a running joke now. Thailand is completely unlivable for 5 months of the year now. Time that leave. Tourist dreams are also up in smoke and all so a few fat cat corporations save money on crops.

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    Jamie M

    Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 10:20 am

    This is the reason I will not invest and buy a property here in central Bangkok and live here long term.
    This is discusting… 5 months now and every day the pollution level is almost 150-170. I don’t go out because of this.
    I’m leaving Thailand and will be moving to Singapore in few weeks
    I wish the government would do something about this…. but they don’t do anything….
    Pollution have been worse and longer every single year now…
    Year after year…..
    And every year the government doesn’t do anything…
    They send some policemen to check some trucks and spray water on the roads….
    Investors like myself will never invest here or live here long term while this pollution levels are like this all year round

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    Invest with Ken

    Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    Why do the Thai people let this pollution happen to their lovely country? They should be protesting about this rather than the generals.

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All new Covid-19 infections in Chiang Mai are linked to nightlife venues

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All of the new Covid-19 infections reported by health officials in Chiang Mai yesterday are linked to local nightlife venues. Over the past few days, 47 cases linked to bars and nightclubs have been confirmed, including the 36 new cases reported yesterday by the provincial communicable disease control panel.

With the rise of infections linked to entertainment venues, Chiang Mai authorities decided to close clubs, pubs, karaoke bars and other entertainment venues for the next week. Alcohol sales are also banned for the next 7 days. A field hospital has been set up at the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre to care for a potential influx of Covid-19 patients.

“Those travelling to Chiang Mai from provinces considered the highest risk of infection, including Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan, Pathum Thani and Nakhon Pathom, must self-isolate for 14 days.”

The recent infections are linked to 7 venues in the area including Warm Up Cafe Chiang Mai, Tha Chang Café Chiang Mai, DC Chiang Mai, Infinity Club Chiang Mai, Ground, Living Machine and Consol’s Garden.

“Those who visited the venues are asked to go to a local hospital for a Covid-19 test.”

SOURCES: Bangkok Post | Nation Thailand

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UPDATE: Divers rescue monk stuck in flooded cave in northern Thailand

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Update: The monk was safely rescued from the flooded cave at around 11:30am today. Divers say the monk was fatigued and had a low fever.

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Rescue workers are attempting to free a Buddhist monk who has been stuck in a flooded cave in northern Thailand for at least 4 days. The monk, named in a Pattaya News report as 46 year old Phra Ajarn Manat, is thought to have entered a cave in Phitsanulok province on April 3, and become trapped when the entrance flooded over the weekend. He was visiting Tham Phra Sai Ngam cave as part of a pilgrimage in the jungle.

Over 30 rescue workers from the Prasat Bun Sathan Foundation have launched an operation to free the monk, whose plight will remind many of the 2018 Tham Luang cave rescue that made headlines around the world.

Tham Phra Sai Ngam cave is reported to be extremely deep and cavernous, according to local residents and rescue workers. It’s understood the monk had already travelled quite far into the cave when heavy rains struck on Sunday and continued for the next few days, cutting off his exit.

According to the Pattaya News, the monk is a frequent visitor to the cave and well-known to local residents, who were first to report the floodwaters and express concern that the monk was trapped. While rescue efforts continue, monks from other temples in the area have gathered at the cave entrance to pray for Phra Ajarn Manat.

The challenging weather conditions are hampering rescue workers’ attempts to reach the monk. However, he has been located alive, just beyond the flooded area. He has access to water, but no food, and is believed to have a slight fever.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post | The Pattaya News

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16 Thais busted running 10 illegal online gambling sites

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16 web admins are in custody today after being arrested around the Buriram province today for allegedly operating 10 illegal online gambling websites. The group of Thai nationals are accused of renting a house where they secretly operated a string of websites where people could gamble online including sajoker123.com. Police received a number of complaints in March from neighbourhood residents that the rented house was actually an undercover office for running the 10 websites.

The online gambling websites were allegedly being run in five different venues spread across the Buriram province, police investigators report. Officers obtained a search warrant and then raided all the locations this morning. 16 people were present at the time of the raids and taken into custody. The website administrators allegedly confessed to the crimes and gave police further details into their setup. They had apparently taken 300,000 baht in investments in order to not only set up the gambling websites but also take a class on how to operate only gambling sites too.

The 16 people are currently being charged on several counts including arranging and advertising illegal activities as well as organizing online gambling sites without permission. Police seized a multitude of equipment and devices from the 5 secret offices, along with a small amount of illegal drugs. 31 mobile phones, 30 computer screens, 20 computers, 6 internet routers, 4 CCTV cameras, 2 tablets, and a laptop were collected along with 16 bankbooks and 10 ATM cards.

There is no information on how much money the group of 16 Thai people were able to take in by running these 10 illegal online gambling sites. Last month, police busted another illegal group of 12 people running gambling operations online from Bangkok and laundering money to Hong Kong. They seized 15 million baht in assets in that case. The group of Buriram web admins were taken to Nang Rong Police station and legal proceedings will continue from there.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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