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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (10 October 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (10 October 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

– 12 Thais killed, 11 kidnapped in Israel
Twelve Thais have been killed, 8 injured and another 11 kidnapped by Palestinian Hamas militants who launched a mass assault from Gaza on Israel. There are some 30,000 Thais in Israel working in agriculture, many near the Gaza border. Nepal said 10 of its citizens had been killed. This as  the US, UK and Germany have reported citizens killed, abducted or missing. We are now being told officially that some 5000 Thais live and work there in the Gaza strip and most have, along with all others, been moved to safer areas with over 1000 already registering from emergency flights back to Thailand. Thailand has successfully sought assistance in dealing with the Palestinians side of the conflict through counterparts in neighbouring Malaysia, where, due to religious similarities, their diplomats have already well established colonies of communication.

– Late night storms flood Pattaya & Thailand
Monday night through to this morning saw the Pattaya region get its first real flooding of the season, seeing emergency pumps quickly set up to move water from deluged areas where drains were overloaded.  On the east side, villages that normally don’t flood, such as Pong, flooded by 1 AM after the first storm hit.  That was followed by more through the night and continued rain early morning.  Traffic was at a normal pace by sun up as drains DID clear the waters but prior to that the Sukhumvit and railway roads, along with other areas were unpassable.  A warning HAS been issued for aqua planning on many roads including the motorway to the city and the reminder, as many last night found out, that petrol cars will cut out if driven through waters.  With the prospect of this continuing through the day, unnecessary journeys may be best avoided.

This as the capital too reports flooding and  Ubon Ratchathani is the latest direct to report riverbanks bursting and heavy flooding. There, as in other regions to the north and northeast, single-story homes are often seen to be underwater and with no immediate signs of levels dropping.  Here in Pattaya, as the waters flood through toward the ocean, at least, there is a place TO pump water OUT – for inland cities and villages, that’s not the case.

Photo Credit: Pattaya Watchdog

– Cops hunt Burmese teen in Ambassador to Denmark slaying
Burmese authorities are said to be assisting in the search for a 19 year old youth who is thought to have fled there after a Former Thai Ambassador to Denmark was murdered at the weekend.  Forensics reports indicate that he was moved after his demise, from repeated stabbing, and hidden under rubbish in his home.  His credit cards show withdrawals after his demise and numerous expensive items were missing from the home.

– Tuk tuk drivers attack tourist 
3 tuk-tuk drivers have been indicted by a Phuket court on charges of assault on a tourist after a row over fares.  Caught on camera outside a hotel, they beat up a Saudi tourist who had booked one to take him to his accommodation but they ended up at the wrong hotel.   Moving on to the right one, a few hundred yards up the road, the driver doubled the fare.  The usual row ensued and he called two other drivers to back him up in the attack. Police are requesting that the Phuket transport office suspend their operating licenses.

– Thailand replaces aging earth observation satellite 
Thailand has successfully replaced its aging earth observation satellite with a new one which, we are told, is firing up on all cylinders.  Having seen an initial launch aborted, it was sent into the sky from the French Guiana Space Centre on Monday morning. The high quality imaging unit replaces its predecessor which has worked well since 2008.

– Former Pattaya Mayor surrenders after return to Thailand 
And former Pattaya mayor, later minister of culture for Thailand, returned yesterday from overseas of his own volition, handing himself over to officers at Bangkok airport on arrival.  Duly taken to a court he was given immediate bail, and NOT seen as a flight risk as he faces claims of involvement in the approval of the much derided condo block that blights Bali Hai.  Ittipol , as mayor, would have had the final signoff on the building permit, but only after numerous professionals had given it the thumbs up and made their recommendations.    Now 50 yrs of age, and with a successful career going back to his youth, many are hoping he WON’T be made a “fall guy” , as the biggest issue appears to be NOT the issuance of the permit but the builders deviation from the plans and regulations.

– Sattahip resort builds illegal pool over beachfront
In Sattahip, locals have complained of a hotel resort building a swimming pool ON THE BEACH. It seems the permanent structure has been built over quite a while and signs prohibit the general public from passing through, making it difficult to walk the public beach areas.

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Written by: Megan Midget

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