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96 year old perishes in Udon Thani house fire

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A 96 year old, bedridden woman has died in a locked room at her house in Udon Thani’s Phen district on this morning. Fire swiftly and completely engulfed the building according to neighbours.

The fire spread from the home of Phan Manee and also damaged a neighbour’s house. Fire-fighters spent about an hour extinguishing the blaze before Phan’s body could be recovered.

Her daughter Saeng Manee and son-in-law Boonseng Chaokla were not at home at the time.

Neighbour Joi Janthana, whose house was also damaged, said he heard an explosion from the direction of Phan’s house and saw the flames.

He ran to attempt a rescue but found her ground-floor bedroom locked. He shouted for help but the fire spread too quickly.

Police suspect a short circuit among ageing power cables could have sparked the fire.

STORY: The Nation

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Police officer allegedly shoots and kills married couple, injures ex-wife at Isaan restaurant

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A police officer was arrested for allegedly firing shots in an Isaan restaurant, killing a married couple and severely injuring his ex-wife. 44 year old Aram Sangchai is facing charges of premeditated murder.

Aram had just returned home to the Isaan province Buri Ram from Bangkok after working with a police unit at the November 27 pro-democracy protest. The Bangkok Post says Aram “stormed” into the restaurant with a handgun and opened fire. He waited at the restaurant and surrendered to police.

The victims were taken to the Non Suwan Hospital where Jaran and Somkid Sukwong, ages 42 and 37, were pronounced dead. Aram’s ex-wife, 42 year old Nucharin Kaewchaturat, was transferred to Buri Ram Hospital and is in serious condition.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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5 family members killed in early morning collision in Nakhon Ratchasima

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An early morning collision today has taken the lives of 5 family members in Thailand’s lower northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima. One boy, aged 5, and two girls, aged 3 and 11, along with other family members, were killed when a pickup and sport utility vehicle collided in the Non Daeng district at around 6:40 am on the Mitrapap highway near the Ban Krok village of tambon Yao Yai, which lies north of Nakhon Ratchasima town. 4 men were also injured in the crash.

28 year old Anuwat Onnual, the driver of the Isuzu pickup, told police that he and 2 other male passengers were returning to Bangkok after unloading meatballs in Nong Khai province, when he lost control of the pickup, causing it to swerve across the highway median and collide with an oncoming Toyota SUV in Non Daeng district. Anuwat admitted he had fallen asleep at the wheel.

The other family members apart from the children killed were a 30 year old woman, who was driving, and another 35 year old woman. 2 other men who were in the SUV were also seriously injured along with 2 other men in the pickup. Those who were injured were separately admitted to Khong, Sida and Non Daeng hospitals, which are situated along the Mitrapap highway where the accident occurred.

Police say all 7 people who were travelling in the SUV were of the same family, in which 5 of those family members were killed. Police say an investigation was underway.

The accident is the latest in Thailand’s ongoing dangerous road saga, as 2 days ago, a Thai singer died after crashing his carinto a lamppost while on a video call with his girlfriend. 23 year old Akkarachai, known as Ice, was found dead at the scene on Pahonyothin Road, or Route 1.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Rare sighting of an endangered clouded leopard at Isaan mountain range

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An endangered clouded leopard was spotted at a mountain range in the Isaan province Si Sa Ket. The rare sighting, captured using a camera trap, was the first time in about 20 years the wildcat has been seen in the Phnom Dongrak mountain range which borders Cambodia.

Since the park rangers stepped up patrol against poaching and made efforts to increase food and water sources, more small predators like foxes, dholes and leopard cats have been returning to the area, according to director of a local conservation office Chaiwat Limlikhit-aksorn.

“Today in the Phanom Dong Rak Wildlife Sanctuary there is a clouded leopard, which is a medium sized predator.”

Camera traps were set up by local conservation officials from November 1 to 24, capturing footage of the rare clouded leopard. The cameras also filmed hog deer, Asiatic wild dogs, a Malaysian night heron and a leopard.

The clouded leopard is classified as a vulnerable species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The organisation says the leopard is hunted for the illegal wildlife, adding that the leopard skins have been seen in market surveys along with bones used for medicines and meat for exotic dishes.

Clouded Leopard exploitation for pelts are well documented in several countries, including the infamous Tachilek market along the Thai–Myanmar border. The frequency of Clouded Leopard parts available at market indicates increased pressure from hunting…However, the trade of cat parts from Myanmar into Thailand has diminished and reaffirms the role of China in the trade of cats out of Myanmar.

Sightings of the clouded leopard have also been reported at the Kaeng Krachan National Park, Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary, Khao Sok National Park and Khao Yai National Park.

SOURCES: Bangkok Post | IUCN| Thai PBS

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