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Bang Saphan Hospital in Prachuap Khiri Khan transferred 10 patients in critical condition to a provincial hospital last night amid heavy flooding triggered by more than 200 millimetres of rainfall in just 24 hours in parts of the province.  Floodwaters outside the Bang Saphan Hospital prompted the evacuation of nine patients on respiratory aid as well as a pregnant woman.

At least five schools remain closed today.

Kittikorn Thepyoo-amnuay, head of the provincial disaster prevention and mitigation office says the water level at Wang Yao Bridge on the Phetchkasem Highway was “beyond critical” at above 7.5 metres and still rising.

Parts of urban Prachuap Khiri Khan were inundated and runoff from the Tanaosri Mountain Range was expected to add to the city’s woes this afternoon, he warned. Some 3,000 residents of Bang Saphan Noi district have already been affected, Kittikorn said, and aid was being distributed.

Second Lieutenant Kowit Sukkham, head of the Muang Prachuap Khiri Khan military team charged with maintaining order, has supplemented his officers with soldiers from Thanarat Military Camp in helping flood-affected residents of Tambon Bang Saphan in Bang Saphan Noi district, where hours of rainfall had left low-laying areas submerged in 130 centimetres of floodwater.

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Hua Hin officials roll up their sleeves to clean the beaches after recent storms

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Hua Hin officials roll up their sleeves to clean the beaches after recent storms | The Thaiger

PHOTO: Talk News Online

Hu Hin’s local Talk News Online is reporting that a team of local government officials and soldiers were out in force to clean up the Gulf coast beaches yesterday.

The action focussed on Hua Don beach at Khao Takiap causing a lot of selfies to be taken among the large numbers of appreciative tourists using the beach.

Jirawat Phrahmanee, a local official, led the cleaning teams to pick up and remove the rubbish and branches that had been blown in during the recent stormy weather.

SOURCE: Talk News Online

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Teenage “relatives of politician” finally in detention after alleged gang rape of 16 year old girl

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Teenage “relatives of politician” finally in detention after alleged gang rape of 16 year old girl | The Thaiger

Three teenagers, aged 16 to 17, have been ordered into detention by a juvenile court more than five weeks after they allegedly gang raped a female 16 year old friend.

Talk News Online reports that the developments follow the intervention of the head of the Prajuab Khiri Khan provincial police after the mother of the alleged victim complained that nothing was happening.

The boys now in custody are relatives of a local politician, who was not named, according to the report.

The alleged incident occurred on December 1 at a beach in Pak Nam Pran.

The victim and her mother reported it to Pak Nam Pran police on December 2. The victim was tested and her underwear retained for DNA testing.

But the mother since complained that very little happened in investigating the case. The police said “these things take time and because lawyers and care officials needed to be present as those involved were juveniles, it would take even longer”.

Finally the Prajuab Khiri Khan provincial chief stepped in this week taking the investigation out of the hands of local police and giving it to provincial police investigators.

DNA tests were ordered, clothes were examined and the teenagers were charged with gang rape and abduction. The report did not make it clear if the tests had already been done before the chief’s intervention.

The juvenile court has not granted bail and the three sixteen to seventeen year olds are now detained at the Juvenile Observation and Protection Centre. Pol Maj-Gen Surasak Suksawaeng is calling for the case to be transparent and justice to be served, and any police officer found guilty of misconduct in connection with the investigation will be ‘severely punished’.

SOURCE Talk News Online

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Hua Hin “full for New Year”

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Hua Hin “full for New Year” | The Thaiger

Talk News is reporting that a local tourism adviser was expecting 100% occupancy in Hua Hin and Cha-Am hotels at New Year.  Though it was not just foreigners but many Thais who were visiting in droves this festive season.

Runrot Sileuangsawat was quoted as saying that, at the moment, occupancy rates were an average of 80% in the two seaside towns but online behavior in waiting for last minute deals and price comparisons would likely mean both resorts would be “full to the rafters at New Year”.

He said that at the current 80% the towns had already matched last year’s figures – though the number of foreigners visiting was down.

SOURCE: Talk News

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