Today’s News in Pattaya & Thailand (29 September 2022) from Fabulous 103fm
Yesterday saw Typhoon Noru press its way across Vietnam, seeing hundreds of thousands there fleeing to purpose built shelters, and wreaking havoc in it’s path as it progressed into Laos and Cambodia. Losing its enormous power as it hit land the typhoon was reduced to a heavy tropical storm front, approaching and entering Thailand by mid morning and seeing flights turned back from Isaan airports due to high winds and torrential rain. Domestic flights from Bangkok were turned around by airport traffic control and returned to the capital.
As Isaan took the initial brunt of the storm, it travelled slowly across the breadth of Thailand with most of the north east, north and central provinces in it’s path. In Khon kaen, 50 water pumping machines have been added to a river artillery designed to increase water flow as the CHI river burst it’s banks, with more sent to Chaiyaphum province and concern over water levels in the Ubol Rana reservoir which is HAVING to open dams to avoid overspill which will see river levels rise still further.
In the capital, Bangkok, storms covered the region for most of the day and this morning too, however reports are that rainfall hasn’t been as bad as initially expected. Concern now is for the weekend as river levels will without doubt rise from run offs in the North.
One of the two Canadian gangsters sought by Thai police in reference to the gunning down of a fellow countryman and dealer on Phuket in February is appealing an order from the Canadian attorney general that he be deported TO thailand to face charges. With his then co hort now dead, he died in a mystery plane crash a few months ago, Matthew Dupre faces charges here of pre-meditated murder. His appeal is based on the likelyhood that he would receive the death penalty in Thailand. The decision is expected by the end of next month.
The Bank of Thailand’s Monetary Policy Committee has approved plans to raise the interest rate here by 25% to 1% as of today. With inflation high, they predict a return to semi-normal tourism numbers within a year despite an expected worldwide recession. They also report that the overall financial state here IS stable, with main street banks having high reserves but would not counterclaims that further rate rises could be possible in the near future.
One of 6 foreigners accused of demanding money with menaces from a Russian real estate dealing couple on Samui has, according to the media, been arrested. With two known to have fled abroad, police are interviewing him to establish just why the gang chose the couple to try and extort 50K US in crypto and other assets. The arrestee was nabbed in Chonburi province along with the van spotted on CCTV and used during the alleged extortion.
Meanwhile at home and early this morning the region was blanketed by black clouds BUT, as surrounding areas DID see storms, so far our area has been left alone, seeing light rain at times. City hall, though, warns that no one should be complacent as the storm fronts ARE changing direction regularly and at some point this area too will see heavy rainfall.
Closing the news with the tale of a 10 yr old girl today, spotted by locals as she walked along the roadside with a small backpack, alone and late. A couple stopped and quizzed her but got little in response, discovering that she didn’t speak Thai but did have an understanding of both Chinese and English. It seems the youngster missed her mum, who lives in China, and planned to walk to the airport and fly to see Mummy. Police and social services were quick to assist and see her returned home, here, and to bed.
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