FABULOUS 103FM HEADLINE NEWS (7 APRIL ’23) FROM THAILAND & PATTAYA
Fighting in Myanmar sees thousands flee to Thailand
Reports indicate that several thousand Burmese have fled across the border with Thailand at Mae sot yesterday following heavy gunfire on the Myanmar side. A fierce battle between resistance and army was spreading to a large rural area with munitions such as RPG and mortars being used by both sides and reports of a large number of casualties. On the Thai side, with most fleeing here being women and children, here medics aided those with injuries and opened hosptials to them, and locals have been donating food and water.
7 foreigners & Thai physician nabbed for illegal surrogacy scam
Seven foreigners have been nabbed in the capital, charged with running an illegal surrogacy scam, with a well known physician amongst those suspected. Surrogacy for non thais has long been banned here and it’s likely that this investigation will be expanded .
Up to 50 degrees heatwave in Thailand, Smog causes concerns for health
Thursday saw the capital reporting the so-called real temperature of just over 50 degrees. Calculated based on air temperature and humidity. Chonburi province, our own saw 49 and Phuket just under 48, this as smog levels on Friday morning at dawn were again high. Pattaya over 112, Bkk 100, and far worse, at dangerous levels Chiang rai 144 and Chiang mai 330 plus, but whilst this, now annual, blight of air condition in South East Asia has been worse this year than in previous ones.. a bigger issue is evolving as recent reports on PM2.5 pollution indicates that exposure to it, at high or critical levels, is worse than smoking and can indeed stimulate cancer cells in humans, specifically in the lungs. The research and report emanates from the Uk, recommends use of heap filters in homes and wearing of masks and was initially commenced to study the effect of vehicle emission. The report states that it has clearly demonstrated a link between the type of pollution here and the waking of existing cells in lungs, potentially causing tumours. Thai medics are taking note here too of the report and we can expect a reaction over the coming months. Continued drought is seeing more and more forest and jungle fires across the country, each of which adds drastically to the PM2.5 count.
Heavy storm warning for Thailand
A slight respite may be on the way as heavy storms are predicted at times around the country from today through to Monday and this morning a storm front was covering much of the north east and heading toward the capital and Chonburi province.
Thai woman nabbed with 10 million bahts worth of narcotics
A Thai woman arriving at Phuket airport was welcomed, but not warmly. Immigration had had a tip off that she was a drug mule, and cocaine worth 10 Mill baht on the street was discovered in her bag. Her details had been given in an anonymous tip and it’s likely that others will have attempted to pass through as attention was given to her when she landed. She had traveled from Istanbul via Dubai
Koh Larn drought sees bottled water selling for up to 200 baht
Due to the current drought situation in Pattaya’s Koh Larn island, all are being asked to conserve water as the desalination plant there appears unable to keep up with rising demand, due to increased tourism. With our region not having seen rain in months, it’s down to the Royal Thai Navy who are helping by bringing in fresh water to the island. Bottled water there is currently selling at up to 200 baht per bottle, way up on mainland costs.
Unidentified foreigner dies in Pattaya motorbike accident
A four o’clock in the morning accident yesterday saw a foreigner die at the scene after colliding with a telegraph pole. Dressed only in t-shirt and shorts, no crash helmet and no documentation, medics attempted to resuscitate him before he was taken to a local hospital as police attempted to identify him through the bike’s registration history.
Immigration clampdown on foreigners in Pattaya
The reminder is out to keep copies of your passport and visa on your phone, as this week has seen a citywide clamp down, predominantly in the nighttime entertainment areas where police have been checking ALL for ID and proof of a valid visa to be here.
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