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North-central Thailand’s Yom River in Phichit runs low

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Stories keep emerging about river systems, the lifeblood of agriculture in northern and north-eastern Thailand, drying out or dropping dramatically in level.

A section of the Yom River that runs through the Sam Ngam in district in Pichit, north-central Thailand, has almost run dry following months without rain. The river was already reported as unseasonally low during April this year.

The river has been reduced into a narrow and shallow waterway in the middle with sand dunes clearly visible along both banks.

The remaining water is so shallow that the locals can walk across the river, something they say they can’t recall doing in the past. Sam Ngam is located in the northern part of the province in an area that has suffered from drought for several months.

SOURCE: The Nation

North-central Thailand's Yom River in Phichit runs low | News by The Thaiger

It’s either feast or famine – Yom River though the same section of town in September 2017

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Governor halts movement of goods between Tak and Myanmar amid Covid fears

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The governor of the north-western province of Tak has put a temporary stop on the transport of goods between the province and Myanmar, just across the border. The suspension comes amid increasing anxiety about the number of Covid-19 cases in the neighbouring country and is expected to remain in force until at least October 25.

Governor Pongrat Piromrat called a halt to the movement of goods after 3 Burmese truck drivers tested positive for the virus, followed by 3 Burmese workers, all members of the same family, who were living in the Mae Sot district of Tak. Last week, residents of Mae Sot gathered at a checkpoint by the Friendship Bridge, which spans the Moei River, and connects Mae Sot with the Burmese city of Myawaddy. They were protesting what they see as lax control of drivers crossing from Myanmar into the Kingdom.

Thai PBS World reports that the area where the latest infections have been discovered is now under 24 hour watch by village guards, with everyone entering and leaving having to undergo health screening, including temperature checks.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Mae Sot immigration chief transferred after inmate escape

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Following the escape of 2 inmates, the immigration chief in Tak’s Mae Sot district has been transferred while an investigation takes place. The 2 Uighur inmates escaped by using soap to corrode the iron cell bars. They rubbed dish soap on the cell bars routinely. Over time, the iron started to rust and they were able to break the bars.

Mae Sot’s immigration chief Sangkhom Thadso will now work as an assistant at the bureau head office, a source told the Bangkok Post. Investigators from several different agencies have been looking for the fugitives with many searching along the nearby Myanmar border.

This is apparently the inmates’ second escape. 41 year old Murad Yeslikana and 29 year old Rasid Hussim were first incarcerated at the Nong Khai Immigration Police Prison near the Thai-Laos border on charges of entering Thailand illegally. They escaped earlier this year and were missing for 21 days. They were found on February 15 and transferred to the Mae Sot Immigration Prison.

Apparently, the inmates really thought through their latest escape. Police suspect the inmates planned for months and believe soap was rubbed on the bars everyday until the metal started to rust. Police say they suspect the inmates used a hard object to eventually break the rusted bars.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Inmates escape from Thai prison using soap to rust the cell bars

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2 Turkish inmates escaped from a Thailand prison in a daring, if not slippery, escape. Their main tool? Soap. They used soap to cover the bars of their cell in the Tak’s Mae Sot district. Over time, the soap caused the metal to rust and they were able to break the cell bars. Apparently, this isn’t their first cunning escape to ‘slip’ away from prison.

41 year old Murad Yeslikana and 29 year old Rasid Hussim were arrested on charges of entering Thailand illegally and were first incarcerated at the Nong Khai Immigration Police Prison near the Thai-Laos border. The men escaped the prison earlier this year and were missing for 21 days. Thai media didn’t report on the details of the inmates’ escape or whereabouts, but say they were found and transferred to the Mae Sot Immigration Prison on February 15.

Apparently, the inmates really thought through their latest escape. Police suspect the inmates planned for months and believe soap was rubbed on the bars everyday until the metal started to rust. Police say they suspect the inmates used a hard object to eventually break the rusted bars.

Immigration police are searching for the 2 men and believe the fugitives are planning to cross the nearby border to Myanmar. Or, dare we say, slip through border security.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

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