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It’s the wettest month of the year and we’re about to get plenty of moisture over the next five days, according to the Meteorological Department.

“For most of Thailand, the wettest months are usually August-October. However, the Gulf Coast of the southern peninsula (e.g. Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan) is affected by the south-west monsoon which can lead to heavy rainfall in November and the beginning of December.” – Thaizer

Much of Thailand is being told to brace for a series of heavy rains brought by two approaching storms during the next seven days, while people living downstream of dams are hoping for ‘thoughtful’ water management to minimise impacts from water discharge.

The Thai Meteorological Department is cautioning many parts of Thailand that they will experience a large amount of precipitation from Tropical Storm ‘Barijat’, which will affect the northern and northeastern regions today and tomorrow, and Typhoon ‘Mangkhut’, which will affect the windward areas of the central, eastern, and southwestern region from this Sunday until next Tuesday.

The two storms will not directly hit Thailand but will intensify the southwestern monsoon bringing heavier rains in the mentioned areas. People living in these locations are being warned of the heavy downpours and to stay alert for possible flash floods and landslides.

The stronger monsoon will also stir the sea, causing rough conditions and waves up to three metres in both Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. It would be dangerous for small boats to go out to sea during this period, the Meteorological Department cautioned.

The Royal Irrigation Department says that these two storms are not a high concern for the department as the RID had already prepared for more precipitation during the rest of September by draining water at all major dams.

Despite this assurance, farmers whose paddy fields are in 12 basins in seven central Thai provinces have been told to speed up their rice harvest and finish it by Saturday as their fields will be turned into floodwater retention areas.

Agriculture Minister Krissada Boonraj said the governors of Chai Nat, Suphan Buri, Ang Thong, Sing Buri, Ayutthaya, Lop Buri, and Pathum Thani have been told to coordinate with farmers. The 12 basins will have 1.2 million rai for retaining floodwaters to minimise the impact on economic zones downstream.

They are Bang Koom, Bang Koong, Phraya Banlue, South Rangsit, Bang Bal-Ban Paen, Pamok, Phak Hai, Chao Ched, Pho Phraya, Tha Wung and Klong Chai Nat-Pasak basins.

Krissada said the Bang Rakam basin, with 382,000 rai of fields straddling Phitsanulok and Sukhothai, has been cleared for receiving water from the Yom and Nan rivers. He said two upstream storms – Barijat and Mangkhut – made the preparations of retention fields urgent.

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SOURCE: The Nation


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Two survive after a six wheeler overturns near the Sarasin Bridge

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Two people have survived after a six wheeler truck, carrying goods on the way to Patong, has overturned in the far north of the island.

Police and rescue workers arrived at the scene on Thepkrasattri Road, southbound, near the Phuket Gateway at 1am this morning, to find a six wheeler truck overturned on the side of the road.

The truck driver, 27 year old SuJinda Yeamloi from Songkhla, was waiting at the scene. 23 year old Duangjit Kongbangpoe was still stuck inside the cab crying with pain.

Rescue workers took about half an hour to free her with hydraulic cutters. She was immediately taken to the Thalang Hospital.

The truck driver told police that he was driving from Surat Thani to deliver goods at a shop in Patong with his girlfriend.

He was driving in the right lane when a pickup truck was driving behind him, honking his horn indicating he was going to overtake. SuJinda says he moved to the left lane to allow the pickup to pass but lost control of his vehicle and rolled over.

Police are continuing their investigation to find the cause of accident.

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Burmese man stabbed friend to death in Phuket Town

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A Burmese man has stabbed another Myanmar national to death in Phuket Town last night.

The Phuket City Police were notified about the incident at a room in Soi Ton Poe in Phuket Town.

Police and rescue workers arrived to find the suspect, 56 year old Aung Htoo, a Burmese national, waiting for police. A 13 centimetre knife was also found at the scene

The body of 50 year old Thar Nge was found in the room. Four stab wounds were found on his body.  His body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital.

Aung Htoo told police he was sleeping in his room. He claims Thar Nge, his friend who was drunk at the time, came into his room with a knife. He claims that Aung Htoo headed straight for him and struck him. Aung Htoo says he wrestled the knife from Thar Nge and stabbed him to death.

Aung Htoo was taken to the Phuket City Police Station where he has been charged with murder.

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More ‘wind and waves’ – Phoenix still at the bottom of the Andaman Sea

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The Phoenix, the boat that sank on July 5 off Phuket’s south west coast, causing the drowning of 47 Chinese tourists, remains 45 metres underwater as the new salvage team have little more success than the original salvage team who threw in the towel a week ago.

A Marine Police diver on site, Pol Lt Passakorn Sirichuchote, is quoted in the Bangkok Post saying… “We’ve encountered strong undercurrents. Rough seas were also on the surface.”

“We expect difficulties ahead but are still confident that the experience of the Singapore team would help us overcome the obstacles.”

Spitz Tech, the original contractors, complained about the same strong currents in the two months they attempted the salvage. Since then Sunquest Marine of Singapore, under the direction of the acting immigration department chief Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn, has been wrestling with the elements.

This time, however, they will have a 1200 tonne pontoon crane at their disposal which is due to arrive this evening. The tug and crane, making their way up from Singapore over the last week, have also been reporting ‘wind and waves’ slowing down their progress.

The new, latest, revised, updated deadline to raise the Phoenix is this Friday with Pol Lt Passakorn saying the “wind and waves are changing every day. And that could delay the work.”

Meanwhile the train wreck of, principally, Chinese tourism to Thailand and Phuket, continues to unravel in slow motion.

Tourism chiefs in Phuket are playing down the drop in Chinese tourism saying that arrivals from other markets will “fill in the gaps” left by Chinese tourists. TheThai  Tourism Minister admitted last week that Chinese tourists coming to Phuket had dropped by 25%. Local hotels and tour companies variously quote numbers more like 50-70% drop in tourists out of mainland China.

One prominent hotel MD told The Thaiger, on condition of anonymity, “just look around the roads. Where are the Chinese tour buses? We don’t Chinese tourists in the streets, we don’t see them in our forward bookings. The Tourism Minister’s figures are either very optimistic or he’s been consulting a fortune teller.”

Tourism officials appears unable to grapple with ways to rebuild confidence in the sector, which has contributed up to 30% of all Phuket tourism over the past 3 years.

Chinese social media has led the exodus panning the response to the original tragedy, including the Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan’s blame-game, “The Chinese are killing Chinese”, the ponderous investigation (which has still not concluded) and the botched search in the immediate aftermath of the sinking, which saw search and rescue efforts called off hours after the disaster and resumed the next morning.

Another Deputy PM, Somkid Jatusripitak, the government’s economic tzar, was in Shanghai last week speaking to Alibaba’s Jack Ma about ways to reboot Chinese tourism into the Phuket and Thailand.

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