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Navy officers assist putting out the Phuket furniture warehouse fire

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No injuries have been reported as a fire engulfed a furniture warehouse today (June 30) while officers from the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command were also called in to help to put out the fire.

The Wichit Police were notified of the fire at 11.30am. About 10 fire trucks and crews have been fighting the blaze at the furniture warehouse in Wichit.

Read more HERE.

Wichit Police reported that the warehouse is mainly constructed of steel with zincalume roofing. The warehouse stored new furniture and was also an area for the storage of wood as well.

Inside fire crews found flammable materials such as paint thinners, coloured paint, plywood, some already constructed furniture and lots of saw dust littering the floors.

The warehouse belong to PK Inter Park Company which is owned by Worapan Suwanchaowalit . There are about 100 workers, both Thai and migrant workers. Many of the workers live nearby outside the warehouse. On Saturday, workers were only working half day.

Locals nearby told police that staff were working when the fire started. Workers ran out from the warehouse to escape. Locals say that they saw the fire start from a storage room.

As of 3pm most of the smoke had already dissipated.

Phuket Forensic Police will now move onto the scene and investigate further.

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Phuket house keeper keeps 2,600 meth pills and 3kg of marijuana at house in Rawai

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A Rawai house keeper has been arrested with 2,600 methamphetamine pills and three kilograms of marijuana.

A team of Border Patrol Police has arrested 47 year old Wanlee ‘Mai’ Eiadkerd. Police seized 2,600 methamphetamine pills and three kilograms of marijuana inside a house in Rawai.

The arrest follows police first arresting a Thai woman with methamphetamine pills in Chalong. She told police she got the drugs from a woman called ‘Wanlee’. She said that Wanlee is a house keeper at a house in Soi Yanui, Rawai.

Police continued the investigation and found Wanlee at the house. Police didn’t find any drugs in the house but Wanlee volunteered information that she kept drugs in another house in Sai Yuan, Rawai where she also works as a house keeper.

She was taken to Chalong Police Startion and charged with illegal possession of Category 1 and 5 Drugs with intent to sell.

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Crisis meetings in Bangkok today over smog solutions

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Urgent meetings are being held in Bangkok today to address the acute smog problems in the capital.

The Pollution Control Department and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration are gathering today in their latest efforts to battle with the persistent smog while dust particles continue to blanket the capital with smog levels alarming locals and causing tourists to cancel their holidays.

The meeting was organised after the authorities concerned rushed rushed to find solutions to help ease the problem, including cleaning roads more often, spraying water over Greater Bangkok’s sky (useless), trying to produce artificial rain with cloud-seeding and enforcing strict laws against vehicles emitting excessive exhaust fumes.

PM General Prayut Chan-o-cha “has instructed relevant authorities to introduce additional measures to deal with this situation”, Government Spokesman Puttipong Punnakanta said.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and the Army’s efforts to spray water to ease the pollution on Monday night and yesterday morning did not appear to help much.

For instance, pollution was marginally brought down to 90 from 96 on Monday and to 71 yesterday on Phaholyothin Road in the capital.

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Baby elephant dies from horrific wounds after being caught in hunter’s trap

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A baby elephant has died after a hunter abandoned her, tied up to a fence in a forest in Rayong. The little elephant died after suffering from horrific wounds.

The elephant, only one month old, was found by villagers in Rayong tied up to a fence with a rope cutting deep into her ankle.

Read the story of her discovery and rescue HERE.

When she was found she was barely able to stand and in obvious pain. Villagers named her Baitong. Nothing is known about Baitong’s mother.

She was rescued on December 18, but despite constant expert vet care and an emergency amputation of her infected foot, she succumbed to her injuries.

A vet from the Bureau of Conservation Area Management says that amputating her her foot was necessary to prevent her from dying of infection. The vets report that last Thursday, Baitong was playing with some of her carers when her condition suddenly worsened and she collapsed during the evening. Several vets worked through the night to treat Baitong but she passed away on Friday morning.

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