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Whilst provinces bordering the Mekong River, and areas in Phetchaburi downstream of the hillside dams, are all under threat from flooding at the moment, the situation is a lot better in the lower north-east provinces. The Irrigation department has issued assurances today about the water situation covering some 77 dams in the region.

The Nation reports that 77 reservoirs in the lower north-east are stable and able to accommodate much more water. The Thai Irrigation Department has reported on the good news today, dispelling fears of dams collapsing.

Wiwat Thitirat-asawa, director of the Regional Irrigation Office 8 water management division says the situation in Surin, Si Sa Ket, Buri Ram with its Lam Nang Rong Dam and Nakhon Ratchasima, which has five large dams – Lam Takhlong, Mun Bon, Lam Sae, Lam Phra Phloeng and Lam Plai Mat are all under control and able accommodate more water.

Wiwat said the six large dams held a combined 600 million cubic metres of water and were overall at 53 per cent capacity, so there was ample room for more. He said his office was carefully managing the water levels to ensure a sufficient supply for the dry season.

The 70 medium-sized reservoirs in the region were under 80 per cent capacity, Wiwat said.

The Lam Chiang Krai Reservoir in Nakhon Ratchasima reached 101 per cent capacity last week. So, officials conducted surveys downstream from Lam Chiang Krai, arranged for impeding dikes to be demolished and released water at 600 cubic metres per second to bring the reservoir down to 88 per cent capacity. No farmland was affected, he said.

STORY: The Nation

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Man allegedly burns down house because his wife refused sex

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A 33 year old man was arrested after he allegedly set a house on fire because his wife didn’t want to have sex with him.

Narongchan Paksarom allegedly drove his motorcycle to a house in the Isaan province Buriram where his wife was living and approached the home wearing nothing but a towel, according to his wife Ratchaneekorn Yeeram. She told police her husband’s words scared her and she quickly left her home, taking her children, ages 4 and 9, with her.

Narongchan then allegedly set the home on fire. Reports don’t go into detail about how the fire was started, or how much damage was done to the home, but photos show the fire engulfing the entire home. Neighbours say the alleged arsonist also threatened them with a knife.

Police say that Narongchan admitted to starting the fire and said he was angry because his wife didn’t want to have sex with him. Ratchaeekorn says she believes her husband’s actions were because he was high on drugs. Police tested the man’s urine and it came out positive for narcotics.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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4.4 million methamphetamine pills seized near Laos border

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Police seized 4.4 million methamphetamine pills worth more than 400 million baht after a police chase in the Northeastern province Bueng Kan near the Thai-Laos border. Thai media says the alleged drug traffickers threw black bags full of the drugs out onto the road during the police chase and drove off into a rubber farm in the Bung Kla district.

The Royal Thai Navy and Thai Custom’s Enforcement Division had received a tip about drugs allegedly being trafficked across the Mekong River and into Thailand. Officials followed a truck they say was suspicious and driving fast by the river. The truck dropped 2 black bags on the road before driving off into a rubber farm.

Police searched the bags and found bags full of yaba, which translates to “crazy drug” and is known to be pills containing mixture of caffeine and methamphetamine. Police also found 2,970 ecstasy pills.

Since October 1, the Royal Thai Navy has been involved in 18 drug trafficking busts, seizing methamphetamine, ecstasy, heroin and marijuana, altogether worth around 2.7 billion baht.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

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Lucky escape for chickens in Udon Thani as crocodile caught trying to enter coop

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Rescue workers in the north-eastern province of Udon Thani have ruined a hungry crocodile’s dinner plans, capturing it as it was trying to enter a chicken coop in the sub-district of Mak Khaeng. Nation Thailand reports that local rescuers were called to remove the 3 metre long croc as it was attempting to enter the chicken enclosure and enjoy a big lunch.

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It’s understood it took the workers, who have no experience in handling crocodiles, around an hour to close the reptile’s mouth. It then needed 5 men to transport the croc to a waiting vehicle, with the animal putting up a fight the whole way.

Pitchaya Chiewkanrob, the 60 year old homeowner who notified rescue workers of the croc’s presence, says she believes the animal escaped from captivity at a farm, pointing out that there is no water source close to her home. Local police officers are attempting to trace the reptile’s owner.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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