Thailand & Pattaya News, from Fabulous 103fm (15 September 2022)
A 58 year old warrant officer was under close guard last night after going on the rampage at the Royal Thai Army Academy, armed with two weapons, killing a LT General and LT Colonel and seriously wounding a fellow Sgt Major. This type of shooting is very rare here and saw him barricaded himself inside a college facility as fellow military men surrounded him. He surrendered later claiming he was under stress, others say that he had been suffering from mental issues for some time and, we are told, was bitter about his lack of promotion during his career. Thai media showed him being removed from the scene by armed officers.
The Constitutional Court on Wednesday, has notified the press that they expect to have come to a verdict regarding the legal end date of PM Prayuts leadership of the country. Set in stone within the constitution, the issue remains as to when he legally started to BE PM, meanwhile his deputy, Gen Prawit is temporary PM.
Authorities in Ang Thong province reported to the media on the death of 6 school children who played and swam in fast running flood water before literally being washed away in front of their pals. Divers did their best to attempt rescues but all 6 were reported dead last night.
In addition to the capitol, where flooding is becoming a daily event in many districts, a dozen provinces are reporting serious flooding including Rayong where Thai media reports devastation in numerous areas, rural and townships included. There, traffic was at a standstill on the main route 36 highway in several places, due to flooding, seeing tailbacks of up to 4km at times. The Pattaya region has seen storm fronts approach and, for the most part, go around the region, and so legion the city with less flooding than many other areas. Other regions, such as Mae hong son have seen roads cut off due to flooding too, with damage to riverside and infrastructure in places after close to 10 cm, 4 inches, of rainfall in just 12 hours. In Lampang where dams have had to open up allowing an extra 25% water flow to cope with incoming deluges, the main river rose 80cm in depth. Back in Rayong for a final comment from chicken farmers, who report 140,000 birds have drowned in floods which will delay supplies to processing factories and may see an increase in local cost for meat and nationally, concern is for rice crops, soon due to be harvested, which would be ruined by excess flooding.
Yesterday saw the house of representatives vote to withdraw the proposed Cannabis and hemp bill, previously expected to pass this year into law. Citing too many loopholes, a potential danger to youths and not enough regulation as to use for medical use and not pleasure among other reasons, the house sent the bill back for a rewrite and re-application for consideration. Many claim that this latest delay could see the law NOT go into place during the current parliament BUT the majority want the bill to be clear and concise.
A Thai man who poured acid over his beauty salon working ex wife in the capital was arrested this week. The father of three of her children told police that he did it… to disfigure her and to stop her from getting another boyfriend. Crazy as it may seem, the man went on to ask police to beg her to come back to him.
Meanwhile at home, and the city is preparing for the weekend festival and, at the same time watching weather forecasts. Either way, with or without live music, it will be a fun day for visitors and takes places along the seafront.
You may wonder why drainage projects, of which there are too many to count and have seen numerous roads blocked, are on hold, well a visit to our website for the video news shows the reason clearly, those drains, they are full of water. As fast as teams pump them out, they appear to refill and so the drains in many areas are non-existent.
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