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3 people missing after being swept away by flash flooding in Prachinburi

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A Highways Department official and 2 villagers are missing in the eastern province of Prachinburi, after they were swept away by strong currents caused by heavy flooding. Thai PBS World reports that heavy rain resulted in water runoffs from mountains in Khao Yai and Tap Larn national parks, leading to flash floods.

32 provinces were on alert after heavy rains following a week of poor weather, much of it in the wake of typhoon Molave.

The Highways Department official was swept away as he attempted to cut the electricity supply in the sub-district of Bupphram. In the same sub-district, 2 villagers are also missing after they too were swept away. Rescuers had to save several people from 3 cars after the Tap Larn tunnel flooded and they became trapped in their vehicles.

A hotel in the area has had to evacuate over 100 guests, after they became stranded by floods up to 1.5 metres deep. Over 40 vehicles in the car park have been left underwater, with 2 cars swept away. It’s understood at least 100 animals belonging to the hotel, including horses, cattle, sheep, and goats have also been affected.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Drugs bust in eastern Thailand nets 11 tonnes of ketamine, worth 29 billion baht

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Police in eastern Thailand have confiscated over 11 tonnes of ketamine, thought to be worth around 29 billion baht, from a warehouse in Chachoengsao province. The haul was made up of 457 bags, each containing 25 kilos of the contraband substance. It’s understood officers had expanded their investigation after 300 kilos of ketamine seized in Taiwan was found to have come from Thailand.

Montri Yimyaem, head of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau, says the size of the haul would indicate the drug was destined for overseas distribution, adding that officials will liaise with their international counterparts as part of the investigation.

“The drug is not popular in Thailand, and is mostly sold abroad, including Europe, Australia, Taiwan, Japan and Korea.”

According to a report in the Bangkok Post, the Minister of Justice, Somsak Thepsutin, says this may be just the tip of the iceberg and investigations into drug-smuggling operations are ongoing.

“This discovery is only the beginning, there will be further investigations to seize ill-gotten gains connected to drug smuggling.”

Ketamine is used as an anaesthetic or for sedation during medical procedures. It is also sometimes prescribed as an anti-depressant. However, it is also used recreationally, putting users into a trance or dream-like state, and sometimes inducing hallucinations.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Barriers to be installed at train crossings nationwide in wake of Chachoengsao tragedy – VIDEO

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Following a major collision between a train and a bus in the eastern province of Chachoengsao on Sunday, officials plan to review and install barriers at train crossings around the country. 18 people died and 44 were injured when a freight train collided with a chartered bus near Khlong Kwaeng Klan railway station. It’s understood the bus passengers were on their way to a merit-making ceremony for the end of Buddhist Lent.

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A spokesman for the Royal Thai Police, Yingyot Thepchamnon, has expressed his condolences to the families of the deceased and injured, as he instructed the Deputy Chief of Police for Chachoengsao province to launch a civil case investigation on behalf of the victims.

According to a Pattaya News report, visibility at the crossing where the accident occurred is poor, due to hilly terrain, in addition to trees and vines, obscured the view. It’s understood local officials have been asking for a train barrier (boom gate) to be installed for years, but it was decided such an installation would obstruct entrance to a village for foot traffic.

The Railway Police will work with the Department of Rail Transport and the State Railway of Thailand to introduce measures aimed at preventing future accidents. The Department of Transportation is also meeting with relevant parties to discuss the village entrance and to come up with measures to prevent further accidents.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Police arrest 13 illegal Cambodian migrants in Sa Kaeo border province

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Police have arrested 13 illegal Cambodian migrants in the Sa Kaeo border province after a patrol team spotted some of them at 2am in the morning. The Burapha Task Force spotted 5 of the migrants in Ban Nong Phai village of Ta Phraya sub district after stopping a grey Toyota Fortuner that was registered in Bangkok.

According to police, the vehicle’s Thai driver said he would send the migrants to Nonthaburi, Bangkok and Nakhon Nayok amongst other provinces.The migrants reportedly told police they paid 3,000 baht for an alleged human trafficker to transport them into Thailand. Officials say they sent the arrested migrants to the Ta Phraya police station to be prosecuted, but there was no word on whether the Thai driver would be charged as well.

Such a crackdown on illegal migrant arrests have come after Thailand has been trying to seal its bordersto prevent the spread of Covid after neighbouring countries, such as Myanmar, have seen a recent spike in cases. Just over 2 weeks ago, Thai authorities arrested 23 Cambodian migrants after they were found in a forest after allegedly crossing the border.

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