FABULOUS 103FM HEADLINE NEWS (9 MAY 2023) FROM THAILAND & PATTAYA
Intense heat waves & drought concerns in Thailand
There is deep concern as to water supply in many northern and north eastern areas and reservoirs are now at low levels. Water trucks are already supplying some rural areas daily and as the water level drops, due to the intense heat, authorities are also monitoring highways, major and minor for subsidence. The met office’s warning that droughts could be worse this year than in 2019 and 2020 also notes that the actual rainy season, not these odd summer storms, may well arrive late this year. Intense heat across the country at the weekend saw the energy commission report an all time high record of electricity consumption as everyone clicked on the AD, seeing Saturday PEAK at close to 35 thousand megawatts with the expectation of even higher usage on Monday as businesses reopened.
Disease controls to be increased in Thai schools
Thailand’s ministry of education has been ordered to increase disease control measures in schools, as pupils return after the long holidays. Schools are to be asked to re-introduce the preventative measures, some, not all of those in force during the covid era. Already.. Most Thai children, as indeed adults, wear masks as a daily routine whilst in public areas.
Teen found deceased in rural area after bike ride with girlfriend
Unfairly, Britain’s Daily mail newspaper was fed a story by a paid cut and paste here, headlining the death of a British teenager in the north of Thailand. Sadly the 16 year old was found in a rural area after dining out on his bike with his girlfriend, who is still reported as missing BUT the lad is Thai in all ways and not a tourist. His father may have been European but there appears to have been little contact with that side of his family and the lad grew up and flourished in the northern region of Lampang. Police are investigating his demise and it is a possibility that he was assaulted.
100 million baht of gold found buried behind temple
The now EX monk charged with embezzling 180 million baht from donations has denied all charges when questioned by police. Now we hear that police discovered 100 million bahts worth of gold BURIED behind his former temple residence. That then woud see the amount rise to an astounding 300 Million baht. A report from the National Office of Buddhism to authorities saw financial forensics teams reviewing all monies and family members have been implicated.
BEWARE of snakes in Pattaya
There are Plenty of snakes in our area, and not just the 2 footed kind as a beachside restaurant found out yesterday. Staff noticed a movement in the frame of their outside pagoda, a closer look revealed the huge number of snakes curled up to escape the heat of the sun. A quick call to the emergency services saw it removed and taken out to the jungle for release. The second such large a snake to be reported in a week, the other was last week in Naklua, gives us the reminder to keep eyes open for our slippery friends and also that removal by experts is a free service, absolutely no charge, just call the emergency services and a team is quickly with you.
900,000฿ watch stolen from Brits bedside by Pattaya woman
A British man has told Pattaya police that a woman he met, and took back to his room, disappeared as he took a shower, which would have been OK had she not helped herself to his 900K baht Rolex watch that he carelessly left on the bedside table. He says he met her in his condo building and after a few casual chats took her back to his condo. During the night 39 year old Stephen B. felt the need for a shower, giving her the opportunity to escape unnoticed with the diamond encrusted watch. Police are now looking for a woman, between 20 and 40, medium height, slight build with dark hair… and a shiny timepiece.
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