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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (24 April 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (24 April 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya
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– Locals evacuated as huge fire erupts AGAIN in warehouse
The huge fire, billowing dense smoke and fumes at a waste disposal facility in Rayong continued to beat back firefighters for much of yesterday, seeing acrid smoke filling the air and locals moved away for safety reasons.  Foam replaced water in many trucks in an attempt to better combat the fire which was fueled by waste oil products AND solvents.  It’s now been revealed that the company responsible for the site had filed bankruptcy following previous complaints filed by residents, and had suffered another blaze in the past.  This as a local politician told the press that the timing of this fire was dubious as just last Friday, 3 days before. The company had been ordered to remove the waste, adding that as the facility had had power supplies cut. Poor wiring, in this case, can’t be blamed.  In 2022, courts ordered the company to compensate locals to the tune of close to 21 million baht, and had closed down operations 2 years ago without managing the existing waste left.

– Thailand tackles drought conditions amid heatwave
Drought conditions are on the increase in many areas of the country.  From cities to rural areas reports of slow to no water in taps in some areas are hitting the headlines.  The latest?  Well in Prachuap khiri khan fruit farmers are seeing crops withering from the heat and a lack of the wet stuff, and in Hua Hin, city hall has reviewed the trickle available from reservoirs there and, again, low pressure supplies to homes which are expected to be boosted by water trucks.  In the north, canals in rural areas are for most part dry and even rivers down to the bone and, with temperatures over 40 degrees daily, those levels are dropping fast.  Here in the Pattaya region, reservoirs DO have supply but levels are dropping fast as they are NOT replenished from the feeder rivers.  The race against time is on for the moment as all wait for the rainy season, but of bigger concern is the hope that THIS year, rainy season will be heavy enough to fully fill reservoirs nationally, ready for 2025 which is predicted to be… even hotter here.

– Energy use hits record highs in Thailand
Monday night saw a new record set for energy consumption as, at 9 in the evening, the Thai grid was putting out close to 36 THOUSAND megawatts as The heatwave, of course, saw AC units firing up across much of the nation.  A decade ago we were reporting on potential brownouts as the grid then was not as up to date or designed for the massive sale of air con units. Nowadays, that’s not the case and despite the The Energy Policy and Planning Office predicting ever higher demand the grid, we are told, is holding up just fine.

– Former officials to face charges for 2004 Tak Bai fatalities 
Criminal charges are expected to be filed by lawyers representing those who died 20 years ago in Tak bai to the south of Thailand.  As the latest date to file approaches, so many are still looking for answers.  Back then, during the times of the Taksin led government,  1500 protesters surrounded a police station demanding the release of  6 detainees as local authorities sent in forces to shut down the rally, resulting in 7 dying there. Worse was to come though as 78 others suffocated during cramped transportation to an army barracks 3 hours away by truck. Three senior military officers were removed from their positions as a result of the incident, families will sue those and others involved. Since then, under numerous following governments, conditions have changed and regulations put in place to see that similar could not happen today.

– Online scam victims to be compensated in Thailand
Good news for some who were snared in a crypto currency fraud scam as police have told the press that the 125 MILLION bahts worth of assets seized in raids on two gambling and crypto websites will be used to partially compensate so-called investors.  Investigators discovered that monies stolen from those who wanted to get rich quick, were used to fund the gambling sites and a full disclosure is to be published in the royal gazette for all involved, to see.

– Traffic delays as Sukhumvit road undergoes more repairs
For drivers, it’s best to avoid the Sukhumvit from Pattaya Tai thru to the north as congestion is seeing tailbacks even during quieter periods.  Thailbacks due to a series of lane closures and extra lights due to even more road woakes,  have been fuelled by the closure of the underpass one way for.. light bulb repairs.  When one side has had its new illuminations installed, it will be the turn of the other.  Either way.. prepare for delays.

– British Ambassador to Thailand & British consul visits Pattaya
Tuesday saw the British ambassador to Thailand, Mark gooding, along with the British consul, Joanne,visiting much of the region, meeting with the Chonburi governor among others and attending a brief meet and greet in the city.  Gooding, in a short statement, said that the relationship between the two nations has advanced in leaps and bounds in the past year, whilst Joanne revealed that the new honorary consul for Pattaya, one of the worst kept secrets, is to be officially endorsed in the very near future.

– St Georges Day in Pattaya
The region was awash with red crosses on white backgrounds last night as numerous bars and clubs celebrated St Georges day.  The national saint of England was plastered over free give away t shirts at the Loft Pub which appears to have topped most with a free British grub buffet for its customers, as many others too, from Bang saray to Naklua, ensured a special night for the English.. and of course non-English friends too.

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