Thai Red Cross Society appeals for blood donation

Thailand is hit by a shortage of blood supply as widespread flooding in many provinces caused the cancellation of blood drives nationwide. According to the Thai Red Cross Society, more cancellations are expected, particularly in the East, as flooding has yet to ease in many affected parts. 22 provinces across the country continued to be […]

Thailand‚ a critical component of Pakistan’s “Vision East Asia”

The President of Pakistan expressed the hope that the visit of Yingluck Shinawatra‚ the first democratically elected female Prime Minister of Thailand would further boost bilateral relations particularly trade and investment ties between the two countries. Asif Ali Zardari also appreciated Thai government’s recent financial support for rehabilitation of earthquake victims in Baluchistan in 2013 and […]

Thai PM orders urgent action on floods

Prime Minister and Defense Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, presently on an official tour of African nations, has been informed of the flood situation in many parts of Thailand and instructed officials to urgently repair roads and bridges damaged by the deluge. Speaking while in Mozambique, the Prime Minister said she has instructed the Transport and Interior […]

Development in the Province of Nakhon Nayok

Yingluck Shinawatra and her delegation visited Khun Dan Prakan Chon Dam, Muang, Nakhon Nayok, which is a royal project aimed to alleviate flood in the area around Nakhon Nayok River basin, and to be a drainage basin for agricultural and consumption purposes. The Prime Minister inspected the construction site for landscape improvement of the Dam, […]

More Money for Non-Existent Anti-Flood Projects?

Over and over Bangkokians have heard about anti-flood promises made by their elected Governor. Now Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has promised to another 4- year plan to prevent flooding in the city. Governor Sukhumbhand Paripatra has proposed to the national Government for a budget of 23 billion baht to implement the flood prevention program, which encompasses […]

PM Yingluck in Yasothon, Thailand

It was a busy schedule for the Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her ministers, who visited Mukdahan Province, then visiting the people, especially the women’s groups, and making an inspect of the improvement of an embankment in Kho Wang district of Yasothon.  

Phra Khanong District: Floods and Sinking Promises

Even with the 2013 Bangkok Governor Election promises to upgrade the flood-prevention projects at the incredible cost of tax-payers money, Bangkokians are still seeing a repeat of flash floods, terrible traffic jams and empty pledges. The Governor,  Sukhumbhand Paripatra, has failed to show accountability with the billions of baht used for these supposedly efficient infrastructure […]

Anti-Flood Projects or Money-Making for the Few?

Excess monies have been used by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) for upgrading work that seems to be repetitive for the past 8 years. The system of public administration is subjected to multiple abuses and without transparency. How long will this go on and how much will be used at the expense of taxpayers’ money? […]

Thailand: toxic waste contamination during rainy season

The Ministry of Public Health has warned the public about the dangers of toxic waste during the rainy season as poor garbage management could lead to contamination in natural water sources. According to Public Health Minister Dr. Pradit Sinthawanarong, discarded electrical appliances and electronics are categorically the type of garbage that poses great risks to […]

Floods Warning but BMA is Sleeping on the Job

The National Disaster Warning Centre on Wednesday issued a warning for people in Ranong, Phangnga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun to prepare for heavy rainfall, possible flash floods, forest runoff and mudslides from today to Saturday (June 15, 2013). There will also be strong wind-generated 2 to 3-metre-high waves in the upper part of the […]

Flooding in Bangkok – Who’s to blame?

Chatuchak was recently flooded despite the denial of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and their Governor. The dredging projects at the canals are slow and the supposed flood prevention in the city is not visible. In fact, people are wondering what is happening with the money spent for all these projects. Governor Sukhumbhand must be held […]

Yingluck: boosting economy, infrastructure in four Thai provinces

Yingluck: boosting economy, infrastructure in four Thai provinces Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has visited 4 lower northern provinces and assigned Cabinet ministers accompanying her on the trip to focus on developing the economy and infrastructure of these provinces. According to Prime Minister’s Office spokesman Thirat Rattanasewi, the roving Cabinet meeting in Kamphaengphet province resolved to […]

Thailand calls Asia-Pacific nations to collaborate on future water crises

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra called on government leaders in the Asian-Pacific region to help contain critical floodings and water-related disasters which might possibly arise in the future. In a key-note speech delivered to the Second Asia-Pacific Water Summit in Thailand’s northern city Chiang Mai on Monday, Yingluck urged the government leaders in the Asian-Pacific […]

Strengthening Flood Prevention Plans

Yingluck Shinawatra is ready to listen to certain group’s concerns to the THB530 billion flood prevention plans of the Government. In response to groups planning to question or protest against the water, the Prime Minister is hopeful that in due process of consultation, the flood prevention plans will be further shaped for the betterment of […]

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Interview with Sukhumbhand Ends Badly

Sukhumbhand is campaigning for his second term as Bangkok Governor. Recently he was interviewed by Bangkok Post in what was seen as a shift from his unreachable approach to a man who almost candidly answers questions of the interviewer. The word association segment at the end was very unusual and poorly executed with no aims. […]

Pongsapat: Leadership for Bangkok

According to the Bangkok Poll, as cited by a local English newspaper, that when asked who they would vote for if the election took place on the survey day, 23.9% of the respondents said Pol Gen Pongsapat of the Pheu Thai Party, and 23.6% of them backed MR Sukhumbhand of the Democrat Party. Only 6.5% […]

Rapid Assessment of Thai Floods

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra made an assessment of the flood situation today. The flight survey also included the Bangchomsri water-gate and flood-prevention facilities. According to sources, the premier intends to inspect other locations tomorrow as part of the government’s rapid intervention measures. All agencies, including the military, are in the midst of providing further aid […]

Thailand Flood Monitoring System and Gossipmonger

I was very impressed when I saw the high level of commitment to monitor, respond, intervene and evaluate the flood situation and impact. I have grown disillusioned with the local Thai press. There is too much gossips and hatred shown by chin-wagging Thais. Sad to say. But a fact. The Thai community is some places […]

PM visits Ayutthaya for flood recovery work

Floodwater in Sukhothai gradually receded, thanks to the maintenance work along the Yom River according to reports last night and this morning. This morning our Prime Minister Ms. Yingluck went to the central province of Ayutthaya for an inspect of the situation there. She has already spoken to senior government personnel and the affected people […]