Connect with us

Thailand

Phuket Gazette Thailand News: Northeast floods; B20mn for rice death; Teachers die in Deep South blast

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published 

 on 

PHUKET MEDIA WATCH
โ€“ Thailand news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community

Northeast still struggling with floods
The Nation / Phuket Gazette
PHUKET: Floods continued in the provinces of Chanthaburi, Trat and Nakhon Ratchasima yesterday, affecting hundreds of residents.

Downtown Chanthaburi was submerged in up to a meter of water and authorities warned it would rise further. Schools in flood-hit areas in the province have been ordered shut until Friday as a precaution.

Chatchai Phromlert, director-general of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), reported yesterday that more than 1,000 families in Chanthaburi’s Muang, Makham, Khlung, Tha Mai, Laem Sing and Kaeng Hang Maew districts were affected and that 200 residents had been evacuated.

In Trat’s Muang, Khao Saming and Laem Nhop districts up to 92 homes were hit by as much as 50cm-deep floods, while in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Muang and Bua Yai districts 465 households had been affected, he said. Water in Nakhon Ratchasima has subsided and the roads are passable, Chatchai added. DDPM officials in the region have been dispatched with tools to speedily drain the floodwater, help the affected residents and assess the damage for compensation, he added.

In Ranong, days of heavy rain caused a metre-deep, 50-metre-long crack on the surface of the still under-construction four-lane Phetch Kasem Highway early yesterday.

Four recovering in hospital after Saraburi horror crash
The Nation / Phuket Gazette
PHUKET: Only four people remain in hospital following the horror bus crash in Saraburi’s Kaeng Khoi early Tuesday morning, Public Health Minister Pradit Sintavanarong on Wednesday said.

Out of some 20 injured people, only four were still hospitalised as of 11am; one at Kaeng Khoi Hospital and three at Saraburi Hospital. Most of them had suffered broken limbs, he added.

Pradit said the 19 victims whose bodies were burnt beyond recognition were sent to the Institute of Forensic Medicine (IFM) at Bangkok’s Police General Hospital for identification.

Rice association offers Bt20m in case of fatality
The Nation / Phuket Gazette
PHUKET: The Thai Rice Packers Association is launching a campaign to boost consumer confidence in the safety of Thai rice by offering Bt20-million compensation to the family of anyone who lost their life as a result of having consumed toxic Thai rice.

At yesterday’s conference, Somkiat Makcayathorn, chairman of the association, said members vowed that their rice is safe from any toxic content.

“The association has decided to offer Bt20 million compensation if any consumer had lost their life after consuming Thai rice or there was any toxic problem. The association has full confidence in the quality of Thai rice and vouches for its safety. There is no substance or additive that could harm consumers’ health,” stated Somkiat.

The association comprises 128 companies that own about 800 rice pack brands. They have a combined market share of up to 95 per cent of the total trading value of rice packs in the Thai market.

The association has also allocated Bt5 million for random inspection of rice quality every month. It will emphasise on checking if the fumigant substance methyl bromide was used on the rice. Thailand will stop using this substance by the end of 2014 as it harms the environment.

Somkiat added that since the discovery of the substance on Thai rice and rumours of their being unsafe, sales of Thai rice packs had been impacted. For instance, rice purchases fell from 3-4 packs per time of purchasing to 1-2 packs.

Despite the recent negative publicity, the association is confident that with its strong campaign rice-pack sales will increase by 5 per cent to Bt30 billion this year.

Meanwhile, the Commerce Ministry has set up a plan to boost exports of halal foods to US$10 billion by 2014, accounting for 10 per cent of the total food export value, up from 4.3 per cent at present.

After a meeting with the Centre of Deep-South provinces management, Deputy Commerce Minister Natthawut Saikua said the ministry is also targeting increased halal food sales in the South.

The ministry will integrate the halal food-supply chain and promote the setting up of halal food-franchise businesses to trade both in the local and overseas markets.

The ministry will also cooperate with other government agencies to allocate areas for selling halal foods such as at airports, bus terminals and train stations.

According to the ministry, about 3,000 halal food manufacturers are operating in the Kingdom.

2 teachers die from Deep South bomb injuries
The Nation / Phuket Gazette
PHUKET: Two teachers from Pitak Wittaya Kumung School succumbed to injuries sustained from a bomb that exploded in front of a hospital yesterday morning, Dr Amad-Musulam Pohji, director of Narathiwat’s Chanae Hospital, said.

The doctor said Nayiha Yeera, 38, died from bomb shrapnel embedded in her skull, right wrist and elbow; while Nurayahan Awae, 35, was found to have shrapnel in her skull and chest. Relatives collected the bodies yesterday.

The bomb in a 12-kilogram metal box, apparently meant for the police patrol truck that was escorting the teachers’ vehicle to school, also wounded another male teacher and two policemen. The wounded – identified as Apichard Benchulamas, 34; Pol Sergeant Taweesak Yosawat, 30; and Pol Lance Corporal Chatchapol Raksat, 32 – were taken to the Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra Hospital.

Chanae deputy inspector Pol Lieutanent Pongpan Kapankhiao, who was part of the protection unit, said the seven-strong team on the truck and two motorcycles were escorting the teachers’ vehicle.

— Phuket Gazette Editors

 

Want more from the Thaiger family?

๐Ÿ“ฑ Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
๐Ÿ“ง Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
๐Ÿ‘ Like/Follow us on Facebook
๐Ÿ”” Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Family sues prime minister, CCSA after Covid-infected relative dies

Tanutam Thawan

Published

on

Photo from Kunlasub Wattnaphon's Facebook.

The family of a man who died while infected with Covid-19 is demanding the prime minister, as well as other government officials, pay millions of baht in compensation, citing “negligence” after calls to Covid-19 hotlines went unanswered or were not of help.

35 year old Kunlasub Watthanaphon died on April 23. Kunlasub is said to have contracted the virus from a cluster in Bangkok. Many of the clusters of infections early in the recent outbreak were concentrated in nightlife districts in Bangkok including Thong Lor and Ekkamai.

When Kunlasub developed Covid-19 symptoms, he called the hotline numbers for those who think they make have contracted the virus. If he had received proper treatment quicker, the family says he might still be alive.

“The CCSA announced telephone helplines โ€“ 1330, 1422, 1668, 1669 and 1323 โ€“ for people who suspected they had contracted Covid-19. When my brother developed Covid-like symptoms he called these numbers. However, they were either busy or someone picked up but did not send help right away.”

Kunlasub had documented his illness on Facebook, posting updates, as well as photos and videos, up until the day of his death.

The death of the 35 year old man, who is well known in the esport, or video competition industry, sparked controversy. One person wrote on Facebook after Kunlasub’s death “My friend didn’t die because of a congenital disease. He died because he wasn’t treated in the early days.”

The case was filed at the Administrative Court today. It demands compensation of 4.53 million baht from the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration as well as PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, his secretary and the prime minister’s office.

The family is also suing Thong Lor entertainment venues, where the first clusters were reported in the recent outbreak, for negligence.

โ€œHad the CCSA imposed a strict lockdown on entertainment venues and banned travel during the Songkran holiday, the latest wave of Covid-19 with over 2,000 new infections daily would never have happened.โ€

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

Want more from the Thaiger family?

๐Ÿ“ฑ Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
๐Ÿ“ง Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
๐Ÿ‘ Like/Follow us on Facebook
๐Ÿ”” Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates

Continue Reading

Thailand

Thailand News Today | 8 clusters in Bangkok, Phuket party organisers charged | May 14

Tanutam Thawan

Published

on

By

Foreigners may face a slight delay in receiving their Covid-19 vaccines, The BMA has now confirmed 8 clusters of Covid infection in the capital, Thai Private Hospital Association is now working to offer a variety of Covid-19 vaccine brands to Thais and Patong police have announced that the managers of the Phuket venues that hosted the Kolour entertainment event swill be charged under Thailandโ€™s Emergency Decree provisions.

 

Want more from the Thaiger family?

๐Ÿ“ฑ Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
๐Ÿ“ง Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
๐Ÿ‘ Like/Follow us on Facebook
๐Ÿ”” Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates

Continue Reading

Economy

Market down as good US economy drives interest rate fears

Neill Fronde

Published

on

FILE PHOTO: The Thai stock market followed the rest of the world down yesterday, but long-term prospects may be looking up.

After US inflation exceeded targets and increased 4%, global stock markets including Thailand plummeted yesterday with fears of rising interest rates. Almost 144 billion baht was traded yesterday with the market at one point diving down 70 points in the late afternoon before recovering to a 23.72 point loss, closing at 1548.13.

2% is a high rate of inflation so the big numbers sparked fears that the US Federal Reserve will reduce quantitative easing and increase interest rate which decreases the market’s liquidity. The US economy is surging with the Consumer Price Index up 4.2% over last year.

The balancing out of the economy will likely push risky prospects like the stock market down while driving up commodity prices like energy and oil. This may hurt the Stock Exchange of Thailand in the short run, but will likely have long-term positive effects as the SET has a large number of energy stocks that will benefit from the market’s change.

Some long-term investors in Thailand fear quantitative easing and the market’s tightening because it drives away foreign investors which in the past made up 30% of the Thai market. But now foreigners only account for 20% so the negative effect should be much less. However, in the normal inflation range of 1 to 3%, the stock market should have a price-to-earnings ratio of 20 and some experts have downgraded it to 18 now.

Eyeing the US, some experts predict that even accelerated quantitative easing won’t come into effect until the end of the year and interest rates probably won’t rise significantly within the next 2 years. Watching the continued effect of the Covid-19 pandemic and US unemployment figures will be key indicators driving the global market up or down.

Even with the stock market down in Thailand, there’s still some good news as Thai corporations listed on the SET expected to cross the 200 billion baht profit threshold this week, after reporting 180 billion baht in the first quarter of the year, with 55% of the market recording a profit.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

Want more from the Thaiger family?

๐Ÿ“ฑ Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
๐Ÿ“ง Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
๐Ÿ‘ Like/Follow us on Facebook
๐Ÿ”” Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates

Continue Reading

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand2 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism3 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand3 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism3 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafรฉs in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand โ€˜drug hubโ€™, Covid update | January 13

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Brydeโ€™s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8

Trending