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Storms wreak havoc in Chiang Rai and Phitsanulok

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Thunderstorms and hail pounded 16 districts of Chiang Rai last night (Monday), damaging around 1000 houses.

The director of the province’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office says reports were received of blackouts in 30 villages in five districts as utility poles were knocked over and tree branches snapped power lines. All of Mae Fah Luang district was without electricity when storms raked 12 villages in four tambons. Hail fell on Mae Saruay district for half an hour, damaging houses, longan orchards and pumpkin gardens and blocking roads with fallen trees.

In Muang district, a broken power cable resulted in a short circuit and brief fire, and a house caught fire after being struck by lightning. In Mae Sai district, trees fell against a district hospital’s exterior wall. Chiang Saen district was blacked out for 30 minutes and Wieng Kaen had power outages in several areas.

Meanwhile, Phitsanulok residents endured property damage and power blackouts early yesterday as storms with high winds tracked across several districts.

Ban Khlong Ped resident Boonthing Reunnoi, 60, showed officials how the storm ripped the roof off her house and rain damaged all her furniture and electrical appliances.

Ban Dong Chan resident Somchai Chinrasi, 54, whose roof was also blown away, had gone ahead and bought replacement tiles while state aid was awaited.

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SOURCE: The Nation



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New WHO world road death report – Thailand drops to number 8 but still high

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Thailand’s roads remain some of the deadliest in the world. But the Kingdom has dropped from its previous number two position to number eight, behind a collection of backwater African states and other undeveloped countries.

A new report by the World Health Organisation shows that the road safety situation in Thailand hasn’t improved. The shocking news is outlined in a the WHO report, Global Status Report on Road Safety 2018,

The report indicates the death rate per 100,000 population in Thailand was 32.7. This ranks Thai roads as at least the deadliest in ASEAN and amongst the deadliest in the world.

Only seven other nations fared worse than Thailand, while the countries with the highest road traffic death rate per 100,000 population were Liberia, Saint Lucia, Burundi and Chad.

The report, compiled using data from 2016 from 175 countries, shows that Europe has the safest roads with 9.3 deaths per 100,000 population. The African continent had the worst rates.

The report shows that there is an average of 22,491 people killed on Thai roads every year. South east Asia, where motorcycle-related deaths account for 43 percent of the total road toll, had an average of 20.7 deaths per 100,000 population.

Globally, the report found that the situation regarding road traffic deaths is worsening, with someone killed in a road accident every 24 seconds somewhere in the world.

The WHO road death Hall of Shame…

1. Liberia – 35.9 (per 100,000 people)

2. Saint Lucia – 35.4

Equal 3. Burundi and Zimbabwe – 34.7

Equal 4. Democratic Republic of Congo and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) – 33.7

5. Central African Republic – 33.6

6. Thailand – 32.7

7. Burkina Faso – 30.5

8. Namibia – 30.4

9. Cameroon – 30.1

10. Mozambique – 30.1

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Bangkok police officer kills French citizen following bar brawl

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A French tourist was killed in his Bangkok apartment in the early hours of Wednesday by a local Policeman.  The two were seen at a Lucky Shot Food and Sports Restaurant on Sukhumvi Soi 11/1 Tuesday evening. Witnesses say a bar brawl broke out between the two men in which the tourist was getting the upper hand, the reason for the confrontation is still unclear.

The shooter has been identified as 49 year old Pol Sen Sgt Maj Kantapong Huasdri from Lumpini police station and the victim was 41 year old Malik JDjamel. Begrudged from the outcome of the fight, the officer followed the victim home and is believed to have delivered the fatal shots.

Pol Sen Sgt Major handed himself in and and when interrogated confessed to killing the French man. Immigration police say that the victim in question was residing in the capital for the last few months and was currently looking for work opportunities.

Witnesses have confirmed that the two men were intoxicated.

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SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Taxi motorbike driver found dead in Phuket room

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A taxi motorbike driver has been found dead in a room in Thalang today.

The Thalang Police were notified about the incident at the National Housing Authority in Thalang around midday today.

Police and rescue workers arrived to find the body of a man who was identified as 39 year old Toemorn Suwan. Nearby they found empty bottles of whisky.

There were no signs of a struggle found on his body. Police believe that Mr Toemorn died at least four days before his body was found. His body was taken to the Thalang Police Station.

Mr Toemorn’s father told police that his son was a motorbike taxi driver in Patong. He lived alone and liked to drink whisky.

On Sunday he injured his knee so didn’t go to work. His family came to visit him at his room. But today they tried to contact him but there was no answer.

Police are continuing their investigation.

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