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Disaster zone declared in Lampang after 31 mild tremors

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It’s been a week of mild shocks and tremors in Lampang province in northern Thailand. Although there has been no lives lost, there has been a lot of minor damage to structures, mainly in the north of the province.

The Wang Nua district, the northern-most district in Lampang province, north-east of Chiang Mai, has been now declared a disaster zone after it was hit with 31 mild earthquakes and aftershocks.

Pichet Ekparn, chief of the disaster alleviation division of Lampang Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office, says the district was declared disaster zone so that government agencies could speed up efforts to help affected people.

UP to a hundred houses and some public buildings have been damaged as a result of the mild earthquakes with building cracks, falling tiles and cracked rendering being the worst of the damage.

The Seismological Bureau of the Meteorological Department says that a total of 31 quakes and aftershocks occurred in Wang Nua from Wednesday up to yesterday.

Lampang provincial governor Songpol Sawattham held an urgent meeting of agencies concerned and instructed them to survey the damage to provide aid immediately.

Wang Nua assistant district chief Bamrung Khamwai said an initial survey found 72 houses, four government offices and seven temples in seven tambon were damaged.

He said government officials have yet to completely evaluate the damage.

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SOURCE: The Nation



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Summer storms on the way for north, north-east

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People living in the north of Thailand are being warned to brace themselves for some summer thunderstorms until Wednesday. The Meteorological Department issued an alert today saying the storms will be caused by a high-pressure system from China that will interact with the hot weather over upper Thailand.

Outbreaks of summer thunderstorms will be likely from today to March 27. Thundershowers, gusty winds and hail are possible first in the Northeast and the East then the Central, and the North region.

Are you affected?

March 23-24

North: Kamphaengphet, Phitsanulok, Phichit and Phetchabun.

Northeast: Nong Bua Lamphu, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Udon Thani, Buri Ram, Surin, Si Sa Ket and Ubon Ratchathani.

Central: Nakhon Sawan, Chai Nat, Lop Buri and Saraburi.East: Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo and Chachoengsao.

March 25-27

North: Kamphaengphet, Phitsanulok, Phichit and Phetchabun.

Northeast: Nong Bua Lamphu, Udon Thani, Khon Kaen, Loei, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buri Ram, Surin, Si Sa Ket and Ubon Ratchathani.

Central: Uthai Thani, Nakhon Sawan, Chai Nat, Lop Buri, Saraburi and Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya including Bangkok and its vicinity.

East: Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo and Chachoengsoa.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Hazardous: Chiang Mai again leads the world in air pollution

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Chiang Mai is back on top of the world’s list of most air-polluted cities, according to the AirVisual.com website.

AirVisual reports at 1.45pm that the air quality index (AQI) of Chiang Mai on Saturday stands at 471 (##!!??!!) , much higher than the 100 AQI safety standard (the WHO lists the safety limit as 50 on the AQI scale). It’s been about 350 all day today.

In its six scale listings Chiang Mai is now listed at the bottom as ‘Hazardous’, the scale doesn’t go any lower.

The northern capital has been covered with white, mostly bushfire smoke and smog, for almost two weeks prompting Chiang Mai residents to wear N95 air-filter marks outdoors. Or stay indoors.

The Chiang Mai University, the Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna and Chiang Mai provincial administration confirmed that the air quality in the city remained critical.

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American drug suspect impersonated ‘Mr Thomas’ for 25 years, arrested in Chiang Mai

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A 67 year old American man, wanted as a drug suspect, has been arrested in Chiang Mai this week. He had been living under the identity of another person with whom he shared a similar face, for more than 25 years.

The Thai Immigration Bureau reports that they have arrested a 67 year old American man Bruce McIntire. He is a drug suspect who has been on the run for 25 years and using the identity of another man. He has been living in Thailand for six years.

Officers were notified by the American Embassy that a man named ‘Mr Thomas’ who shared similar facial features with Mcintire, submitted an application for a new passport. Officers found that his name already existed in another passport.

Mcintire has now admitted that he used fake documents to get a dodgy passport through a Nigerian passport forgery gang. He then used his fake passport in the name of ‘Mr Thomas’ to apply for a passport renewal.

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