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Heavy rains and flash floods predicted until next Tuesday from ‘Nuri’

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The Thai Meteorological Department is warning that tropical storm ‘Nuri’ could bring heavy rains and cause flash flooding in at-risk areas across Thailand. A low-pressure system that developed in the Philippine Sea, and was tracked over the central Philippines has moved into the South China Sea, has become a tropical depression.

At 4am today the department officially announced tropical storm Nuri, with maximum sustained winds of about 65 kilometres per hour, was moving northwest at a speed of about 20 kph. The storm is expected to make landfall over south China sometime today or tomorrow. Until June 16 the storm will strengthen, with more rain and isolated heavy to very heavy rains expected in Thailand. People in high-risk areas should prepare for severe conditions.

The effects of the tropical storm will affect Vietnam’s east coast and will have weaker impact across Thailand. But the warnings have been issued to alert regions of the potential for heavy rains and possible flooding.

Here are the areas expected to be affected…

June 13

Northeast:

  • Nong Khai
  • Udon Thani
  • Bung Kan
  • Sakhon Nakhon
  • Nakhon Phanom
  • Mukdahan
  • Si Sa Ket
  • Amnat Charoen
  • Yasothon
  • Ubon Ratchathani

East:

  • Nakhon Nayok
  • Prachin Buri
  • Chon Buri
  • Rayong
  • Chanthaburi
  • Trat

South:

  • Ranong
  • Phangnga
  • Phuket
  • Krabi

 

June 14-15

North:

  • Chiang Rai
  • Phayao
  • Phrae
  • Nan
  • Uttaradit
  • Sukhothai
  • Tak
  • Kamphaeng Phet
  • Phichit
  • Phetchabun
  • Northeast:
  • Loei
  • Nong Khai
  • Nong Bua Lam Phu
  • Udon Thani
  • Bueng Kan
  • Sakon Nakhon
  • Nakhon Phanom
  • Khon Kaen
  • Maha Sarakham
  • Kalasin
  • Roi Et
  • Yasothon
  • Amnat Charoen
  • Mukdahan
  • Si Sa Ket
  • Ubon Ratchathani

Central Region:

  • Kanchanaburi
  • Ratchaburi
  • Uthai Thani
  • Suphan Buri
  • Samut Sakhon
  • Samut Songkhram
  • Nakhon Prathom
  • Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
  • Bangkok and vicinity

East:

  • Nakhon Nayok
  • Chachoengsao
  • Prachin Buri
  • Chon Buri
  • Rayong
  • Chanthaburi
  • Trat

South:

  • Phetchaburi
  • Prachuap Khiri Khan
  • Chumphon
  • Ranong
  • Phangnga
  • Phuket

 

June 16

North:

  • Mae Hong Son
  • Chiang Mai
  • Chiang Rai
  • Lamphun
  • Lampang
  • Tak
  • Kamphaeng Phet
  • Phichit Phetchabun

Northeast:

  • Loei
  • Nong Khai
  • Nong Bua Lam Phu
  • Udon Thani
  • Bueng Kan
  • Sakon Nakhon
  • Nakhon Phanom

Central Region:

  • Kanchanaburi
  • Ratchaburi
  • Uthai Thani
  • Suphan Buri
  • Samut Sakhon
  • Samut Songkhram
  • Nakhon Prathom

East:

  • Rayong
  • Chanthaburi
  • Trat

South:

  • Phetchaburi
  • Prachuap Khiri Khan
  • Ranong
  • Phangnga

Wind and waves over the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand will strengthen. Wave height in the Andaman Sea could reach up to about 2 metres, and above 2 metres in thundershower areas. All ships should proceed with caution.

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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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Long Buddhist holiday to see over 40 percent reduction in domestic tourism

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The long Buddhist festival holiday, which starts today, is set to see over a 40% reduction in domestic tourism. The Tourism and Transport Authority of Thailand has made the estimation which tallies around 1.09 million domestic trips, a number that is down 44% from last year’s Makha Bucha Day.

The 2nd wave of the Covid pandemicthis year has made potential tourists cautious about spending money, with the holiday forecasted to yield 3.9 billion baht. That number is 38% lower than the same period last year. Hotel occupancy rates are also expected to only be 50% of last year’s tally on average.

Other venues that are normally open for tourists on this holiday, such as the ancient Buddha’s footprint at Khao Khitchakut in Chanthaburi, have been closed out of fears for Covid spreading through mass gatherings. As one of the country’s top 10 religious events, it is indicative of how the 2nd wave has taken a toll on the country’s tourism. The event’s closing is attributed to the forecasted 74% drop in trips to Thailand’s northeastern region, otherwise known as Isaan. And, if there are less tourists, then there is less revenue. The cancellation is expected to decrease expenditures by 68% on average.

Meanwhile, the 2nd wave is also affecting airlines as Thai AirAsia has reported only 9.49 million passengers with an average load factor of 75% for 2020, posting a net loss of 4.76 billion baht with a total revenue of 16.3 billion baht.

Thai VietJet’s marketing manager says before the 2nd wave hit late last year, the airline was on the upswing, operating 120 domestic flights per day. Recently, top economic leaders have warned that Thailand’s tourism industry will fallout soon if it is not revived. The 60 plus year industry is in dire trouble with slow vaccine rollouts, country travel restrictions, and virus variants all being major factors in Thailand’s slow reopening of tourism.

With the vaccine set to be issued to tourism hotspots first, PM Prayut has stated that the government is mulling whether to allow tourists to skip quarantine requirements if they can show that they have received the Covid vaccine.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Jailed former politicians await outcome of bail hearing

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8 former politicians, now behind bars for their role in protests that toppled the Yingluck Shinawatra administration and led to the 2014 military coup, are waiting for the outcome of their bail hearing. The detainees, all former members of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee, are Suthep Thaugsuban, Issara Somchai, Chumpol Julsai, the Deputy Transport Minister Thaworn Senneam, Education Minister, Nataphol Teepsuwan, the Digital Economy and Society Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta, Suwit Thongprasert and Samdin Lertbutr.

Their legal team is being led by Sawat Charoenphon, who says he’s hopeful the court will respond favourably to the request. The 8 were jailed earlier this week, alongside 18 others for their part in street protests in 2013 and 2014 which toppled the Yingluck Shinawatra government and ended with the 2014 military coup in which Prayut Chan-o-cha was installed as PM. According to the Bangkok Post, they were found guilty on charges of insurrection, criminal association, illegal assembly, and obstructing others from casting votes.

Sawat says he has visited the 8 former PDRC members, reporting that they were all fine after their first night in Bangkok Remand Prison. They were also visited by Warong Dechgitvigrom from the Thai Pakdee Party, who reported that Suthep was constantly smiling.

Rangsima Rodrasamee, a Democrat MP for the central province of Samut Songkhram, herself a co-defendant but acquitted, says she only managed to speak to Buddhipongse and Suwit during her visit, due to the number of visitors waiting. She says Buddhipongse and Suwit appeared to be in good spirits but tired from a lack of sleep.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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The authorities are investigating the origin of content deemed offensive, which has appeared on the Facebook pages of 2 jailed activists, despite them having no access to phones or the internet. The Department of Corrections has asked the Technology Crime Suppression Division to investigate content posted on the pages of jailed protest leaders Parit Chiwarak and Anon Nampa.

Both Parit and Anon are being held on a number of charges, including sedition and lèse majesté, following a protest in the capital on September 19. Thanakrit Chitarirat from the Ministry of Justice says despite Parit being held at Bangkok Remand Prison, with no phone or internet access, provocative posts are still appearing on his Facebook page. Thanakrit has called the content damaging and in violation of the Computer Crimes Act.

Anan Nanasombat from the TCSD says complaints have been received about posts on Parit’s page both before and after he was imprisoned. He suggests it could be someone with Parit’s log-in information, who is posting on the activist’s behalf.

According to a Bangkok Post report, officials are investigating if Parit is involved in the posts, with a view to taking further legal action against the activist if this proves to be the case. It’s understood the authorities are also monitoring those who share the content as this too could be considered a crime. Similar content is being posted on Anon Nampa’s Facebook page, although Thanakrit says those posts are softer in tone.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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