Thailand

Mae Wong dam pushed by Nakhon Sawan group

Date of Release: 
Mar 1 2016

A group of Nakhon Sawan residents are urging the government to press ahead with construction of the Mae Wong dam, arguing it would help solve drought and flooding problems.

Representatives led by Samrong Yiangyong, a member of the Sakae Krang river basin committee, submitted a letter to Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chatchai Sarikulya on Tuesday.

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Ayutthaya villagers fighting decade-old coal pollution battle

Date of Release: 
Feb 29 2016

VILLAGERS in Ayutthaya say local authorities are still not supporting them in a pollution dispute with local industry that has dragged on for years.

They said yesterday officials had not sincerely tackled a pollution problem from coal and flour transporters - and activists had been threatened with death by beneficiaries of the industry.

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BMA hires two universities as consultants on ‘Chao Phraya Landmark’ project

Date of Release: 
Mar 4 2016

Deputy city clerk Pattarut Tantranon said yesterday that universities would be paid Bt120 million for the project, and they are required to conduct a detailed survey of the project area; design the project keeping in mind the community and impact from hydrology; as well as carry out an environmental impact assessment.

The project covers a 7-kilometre stretch along the river from Rama 7 Bridge to Somdet Phra Pinklao Bridge on both sides.

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Haze forces 64,000 into hospitals in the North

Date of Release: 
Mar 22 2016

Dr Suraphan Sangsawang, acting director of the Regional Health Promotion Centre 10 Chiang Mai, said reports from 90 hospitals in the area showed that the number of patients with coronary artery and respiratory diseases had increased dramatically as the region's haze worsened last week.

Suraphan said Chiang Mai had the highest number of patients at 17,359, followed by Chiang Rai at 11,779 and Lampang at 10,228.

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Air Force, officials tackle smog

Date of Release: 
Mar 25 2016

‘Water flights’ planned to counter pollution in Chiang Rai as residents risk health problems; agricultural fires blamed

SEVEN provinces in the North are now suffering bad air pollution, with Chiang Rai the hardest-hit and residents at risk of developing health problems. As of yesterday, the amount of small dust particles (PM10) in Chiang Rai jumped to 304 micrograms per cubic metre of air - far over the safe level of 120 micrograms.

In a bid to help ease the air-quality problem, the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) will dispatch planes to spray water to mitigate the problem.

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Polluted village demands compensation from factories

Date of Release: 
Mar 21 2016

TRANG -- Residents of a village polluted by two factories producing raw rubber sheets say they have been offered too little compensation for the daily health hazards they face.

The people of Moo 1 village in tambon Na Muang Phet, Sikao district, complain the two nearby factories have discharged polluted water and emitted foul smells, causing hundreds of adults and children to suffer from chronic coughing, lung ailments and asthma for more than two years.

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Alarm over Rayong fish deaths

Date of Release: 
Mar 19 2016

RAYONG — Fishermen and activists in this eastern province want an investigation into the exact cause of mass fish deaths, which authorities insist are part of a natural phenomenon that occurs every year.

However, some local people suspect waste discharged from factories at the Map Ta Phut industrial estate could be linked to the thousands of dead fish that have washed up on Ta Kuan beach.

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Smog levels start to climb in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai

Date of Release: 
Mar 17 2016

THE AMOUNT of small particulate matter of up to 10 microns in diameter (PM10) in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai provinces has gone beyond safety levels for two consecutive days, while the readings in other provinces in the North remained within the safe level of 120 micrograms per cubic metre.

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Villagers near Phichit goldmine get healthcare advice

Date of Release: 
Mar 13 2016

MEDICS and public health officials yesterday visited some 200 people living in three villages near a gold mine in Phichit’s Thab Khlo district to provide them healthcare after tests showed they have excessive amounts of heavy metals in their blood.

The visit, in which medical advice was also given, was in line with the policy of a five-party committee tasked with solving issues arising from the gold mine's operations.

The move followed Rangsit University last week presenting the test results to the committee via Phichit Governor Chatraporn Ratdusadee.

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Govt defends NCPO’s order no. 9/2559

Date of Release: 
Mar 13 2016

BANGKOK, 13 March 2016 (NNT) – The government has defended order no. 9/2559 recently issued by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), saying that it will boost the country’s economy.

Government spokesman Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the NCPO’s order no. 9/2559 was actually meant to promote the well-being of the public through government mega-projects and a revamp of disaster prevention and mitigation.

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