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Who is this week’s Champion of Overstayers? – Operation X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner

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PHOTOS: Thai Tourist Police Bureau

The Thai Tourist Police have executed the 20th raid in their “X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner” campaign. Again, they’ve turned up dozens of foreigners on overstay and people entering the Kingdom illegally.

Eighteen schools were raided for illegals including three international schools and 2 language institutes.

Pol Maj Gen Surachete Hakpal – aka ‘Big Joke’ in the Thai media – spoke at 2 am this morning, near Khao San Road outside the Chana Songkhram Police Station (does this man ever sleep?!).

Eleven foreigners were arrested for overstaying their visas. Tourist police named the top three overstayers…

1. 40 year old Irina Mesheryakova from Uzbekistan. Living in Chonburi she had overstayed almost six years – 2,002 days.

2. 39 year old Tynkkyen Marko Samuel, a Finnish national arrested in Udon Thani on three years overstay – 1,101 days.

3. 33 year old Shivdayal Mahi Tiwari, living in Bangkok on 1,057 days overstay – nearly three years.

An additional 46 people were arrested for illegal entry – 23 from Myanmar, India 9, Cambodia 7, Laos 5 and Vietnam 2 people. Ten people from Myanmar, three Thais and one Nigerian were arrested on other matters. In total 75 locations were raided. This number included 13 regular schools, three international schools and two English language schools.

SOURCE: Thai Tourist Police Bureau

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Thailand’s household debt

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Thailand’s household debt has been on the rise over the past decade, up from an average of 116,681 baht in 2007 to 178,994 baht in 2017, but should be measured with commensurate growth in wages, inflation and the country’s GDP.

The figures show that Thailand’s debt for farming is around 16% of the total debt bill. 36% is spent on buying property and land whilst Thais only go into debt for education – around 1.6% of their total borrowings.

More disturbingly Thais are using borrowings and credit cards for keeping their lifestyles and daily costs alive. 39% of all Thai debt is for daily consumption items.

The three provinces that have the highest rate of debt are #1 Pathum Thani, #2 Krabi, #3 Nontaburi. The average debt for all Thais is 179,000 baht. Bangkok has the highest household debt at 202,000 baht per person, Yala the lowest at only 28,000 baht.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Resorts near Kaeng Krachan dam in Petchaburi temporarily closed

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PHOTOS: The Nation

More than 30 resorts downstream of the Kaeng Krachan dam in Phetchaburi province, are being closed temporarily due to heavy flooding.

Thai PBS reports that floodwater levels at the 30 plus resorts range from 1-3 metres making it impossible to carry on with their business. It’s also been reported that spillover water from the spillway has heavily damaged the only road leading to the resorts downstream of the dam.

Officials at Kaeng Krachan dam said that the dam was discharging 259 cubic metres/second of water out of the dam into the Phetchaburi river after water level in the dam has risen to 750 million cubic metres against its full capacity of 710 million cubic metres.

One of the resort operators, Mr Thongbai Klaipetch, said that his resort and nine others in the same neighbourhood were marooned and the only road to the resorts was badly flooded.

About 60 families of Ban Tham Sua in Tambon Kaeng Krachan have made preparations to evacuate out of their village due to heavy flooding which has rendered their daily livelihood difficult.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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