Airlines support flood victims

August 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines

NAKHON PHANOM, 11 August 2017: Thai Airways International, Thai Smile and Nok Air, supported efforts, this week. to distribute food and necessities to flood victims in Northeast Thailand.

Seen here are: Usanee Sangsingkeo (forth from left), acting president, Thai Airways International together with the THAI Board of Management and representatives from Thai Smile, and Nok Air.

They distributed survival bags and ready-to-eat meals, to Suwicharn Yankittikun (fifth from left), Nakhon Phanom’s Police Chief, who supervised the distribution to flood victims  gathered at a flood assistance centre located at Ban Nakam Sompoi School. Read more

Typhoon hits Japan

August 8, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

TOKYO, 8 August 2017: Strong typhoon Noru made landfall in western Japan, Monday, after killing two people on outlying islands, as authorities warned against landslides and floods.

Noru forced airlines to cancel some 400 flights, mainly in western Japan according to the news channel NHK.

The typhoon with gusts up to 162 kilometres (100 miles) per hour hit the northern part of Wakayama prefecture at around 1530 (0630 GMT) after whipping up waves and winds off southern Japanese islands at the weekend, the meteorological agency said. Read more

Floods continue in Northeast Thailand

August 7, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 7 August 2017: Last week’s heavy rain and floods in Northeast Thailand will cost the country around USD300 million in damage, while the Mekong River continues to flood  and overflow into rice fields in areas surrounding popular tourist towns.

At least 23 people died in flooding in the Northeast, last week and officials warn that as the rainy season progresses more flooding could be expected.

The country is about halfway through the rainy season, which has been particularly heavy this year and could continue to be so until late September. Read more

Floods recede in Northeast

August 4, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 3 August 2017: Flights have resumed to Sakhon Nakhon, Wednesday, after heavy flooding caused by the tropical storm, SONCA, that hit the region late last week.

Water overflowed from rivers and reservoirs inundating vast areas of the region that relies mainly on agriculture and rice farming. Some hotels in Sakon Nakhon were flooded to the first floor, while roads were closed in some areas.

Floods that hit most provinces in the central and southern areas of Northeast Thailand especially those close to the Mekong River. The river that demarks the border with Thailand and Laos was at an all-time high last week. Read more

Floods sink Myanmar pagoda

July 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 25 July 2017: Rising floodwaters have swallowed a Buddhist pagoda in central Myanmar and sent tens of thousands fleeing their homes, as the government warned of more heavy rains ahead.

Dramatic footage circulating on social media showed the riverside pagoda sinking into the flood waters in Magway region, with shocked bystanders looking on as its golden spire collapsed beneath the waves.

Monk Pyinnya Linkara, who filmed the footage, said the pagoda was destroyed on Thursday last week. Read more

Fares fit for a flood

January 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 11 January 2017: Local media in Thailand is taking low-cost airlines to task for allegedly fleecing passengers who were stranded in flood stricken South Thailand.

Thai Rath, a leading Thai language newspaper, led the attack with AirAsia and Nok Air taking the brunt of criticism as they muster the most flights to destinations affected by floods.

Thai Rath claimed the price of an airline ticket from Trang to Bangkok ranged between THB3,178 to THB3,403 for 11 January departures, while on the 13 January the fares on the same route were sold at THB1,793 to THB2,749. Read more

Thailand: Flood death toll rises

January 11, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

SURAT THANI, 11 January 2017: South of Thailand continued to suffer flash floods and widespread inundation, as rainfall persisted in the region Tuesday.

According to the National News Bureau of Thailand, the Command Centre for Disaster Prevention and Mitigation confirmed 12 provinces in South Thailand are dealing with a flood crisis.

They comprise of Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Patthalung, Songkhla, Trang, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Krabi, Ranong and Prachuap Khiri Khan. Read more

Flood hit South Thailand

January 9, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 9 January 2017: Heavy rains continued to hammer Thailand’s flood-ravaged south at the weekend, bringing the death toll up to 18 and leaving thousands of villages partially submerged, authorities said.

The flooding, which was roof-high in some areas, has affected nearly 1 million people in 10 southern provinces since it started a week ago, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

At least 18 people have died and one is missing, it added, with the rains turning roads into rivers, inundating farmland and damaging more than 1,500 schools in the region. Read more

Heavy flooding in Java

September 22, 2016 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News

JAKARTA, 22 September 2016: The death toll from a series of landslides and flash floods in Indonesia climbed to 19 on Wednesday, an official said, including several children found by rescuers scouring for survivors.

The worst-hit region was the west of Indonesia’s main island of Java, where torrential downpours in Garut saw floodwaters quickly rise to 2 metres (6.5 feet), national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a statement.

“The official report (from Garut)… is that 16 people were killed and eight others are still missing,” he said. Read more

Pattaya: Rain stops play

September 18, 2015 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 18 September 2015: Both Pattaya and Bangkok suffered heavy rains and flooding, earlier this week, causing a spate of last-minute holiday cancellations.

Floods were clearing in Pattaya, late Thursday and hoteliers were hoping that storms would clear by the weekend when  Bangkok residents visit the resort for a weekend break.

However, the Thai Meteorological Department warns that a low pressure cell will continue to cover the central and eastern regions of the country with a strong southwest monsoon prevailing across the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand.

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