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Three houses flattened in Nakhon Ratchasima by storms

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A total of 209 houses in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Muang Yang district have been damaged by thunderstorms.

Surveying the scene yesterday, authorities found 209 houses in seven villages in Tambon None Udom were damaged. Three houses in Ban None Sa-ard village and Ban Muang Chak village were completely flattened by the storms, said Siwasek Sinthorum, assistant district chief of the district. Nakhon Ratchasima governor Wichian Chanthornnothai ordered the provincial disaster prevention and mitigation office to rush help to the affected families.

More isolated showers and thunderstorms are predicted for the Central and Northeast regions for the forecast period.

For the South, the forecast between May 15-18 says isolated to scattered thundershowers. Easterly winds between 15-30 km/hr. Wave height between 1-2 metres during thunderstorm activity.

During May 19 & 20, scattered thundershowers. Southwesterly wind 15-30 km/hr. Wave height about 1-2 metres. Minimum temperature 24-26 °C. Maximum temperature 32-36 °C.

SOURCES: TMD, The Nation, The Thaiger

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Muay Thai for five year olds – Sport or child abuse?

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Video of two five year olds fighting in a boxing ring has sparked a lot of reaction. The young kids in the 17 kilo division (yes, there’s such a thing) are shown punching each other’s heads, with the occasional kick, as a crowd of baying adults urge them on.

Sanook reports that as one boy is repeatedly forced into a corner the referee makes no attempt to seriously intervene. He merely lets the boys continue flailing at each other in the center of the ring.

Neither child is wearing any head protection.

The video – posted by “Yuthaphoom Khunseuk Tragoonyang” – goes on for a full two minutes. You can watch the video HERE.

Sanook say opinion fell into two camps – one group were praising this as an expression of Thai culture though the national sport of Muay Thai, the other condemning it as nothing more than child abuse for the pleasure of adults that violated the rights of children.

Sanook said that doctors at Mahidol University have stated that 100,000 children under the age of 15 are competing in Muay Thai prize fights in Thailand. They point out that children of this age should not be fighting due to potential damage to the brain.

The Thaiger story about the Mahidol University report HERE.

Sanook said that moves are currently being made to seek a change in the law that allows such “sport”.

SOURCE: Sanook

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