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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (8 May 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (8 May 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya
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– Thailand cabinet extends subsidies to ease cost of living
Thailand’s cabinet has approved an extension of subsidies on key goods as part of its program to ease the cost of living. Regular diesel is capped at a maximum of 33 baht per liter, cooking gas at 423 baht for 15KG tanks, and electricity for poorer homes with low usage is also capped. In making the announcement, the PM also commented on opposition to raising the minimum wage across the board in Thailand, citing the necessity of the increase for economic development and the well-being of lower-income citizens, noting that the cost of living has risen at a faster rate than the minimum wage.

– Water shortage crisis hits Phi Phi Island, resorts threaten closure
In many regions where water supplies have diminished, including our own area, residents of Phi Phi Island claim that fresh water has been scarce for over two months due to a supplier cutback as their sources ran dry. Although rains have begun to return, the issue remains critical for islands. Some on Phi Phi Island have stated to the press that resorts and businesses will be forced to close unless the water supply returns. The local authority has sought aid from the Thai Navy to ship supplies in tankers.

– Thai woman arrested for abusing daughter to extort British Father
In Samut Prakan, a Thai woman has been arrested and charged with abusing her own 7-year-old child to extort money from the child’s British father. The father had cleverly recorded video calls showing the child being beaten and shared them with community leaders, who reported them to the police. Although the father had been regularly sending money from the UK for the child’s upkeep, the mother increased her demands with threats. The woman’s elder son from a former marriage confirmed the claims to authorities. With the woman remaining in custody, reports indicate that the father plans to remove the child from her care and take her back to the UK.

– British man threatens Thai eatery owner with weapon
CCTV footage in Buriram appears to support claims that a 55-year-old British man carried a weapon into a local eatery and threatened the female owner with violence. The Brit, said to operate a cannabis farm there, had a falling out with the woman and told police that she had scammed him out of 10K baht paid to her to secure a visa. Prior to the attack, he had already made a police complaint, and both the complaint and the attack will be followed up on.

– Thai Volleyball team faces tough matches in women’s National League
Thai fans of volleyball, extremely popular on TV here, are concerned after the national team drew tough games at the outset of the women’s national league, set to take place in Brazil next month. Starting with a game against the USA, followed by matches with Serbia, Canada, and South Korea, the team is said to be working to improve their performance.

– Former PM Thaksin meets Burmese Resistance Groups amid efforts for peace
Meetings between the now-forgiven former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and Burmese resistance groups have been reported by Thai media this week. The current Thai leadership was reportedly content for him to meet with them based on his previous good relations there, although he didn’t meet as a government representative. Efforts are also being made behind the scenes by government ministries to help broker a deal between Burmese government forces and the freedom-fighting forces to reduce the ongoing battles there.

– FBI pursues arrest & deportation of American in Thailand
At the behest of the FBI, a 37-year-old American, Selva Mudaliar, was arrested this week in the capital by Thai police and is due to be deported back to his home country, where he faces charges regarding multiple sex offenses. He had fled to Thailand while on bail after appearing in a US court charged with 11 offenses. Having been in Thailand for three months, he had moved constantly to evade capture.

– Passengers suffer as air conditioning fails on Thai flight, twice 
During one of the hottest weeks in Thailand, passengers on an internal flight struggled for air as the AC system on their plane failed. The plane’s engines also failed to start as they waited on the tarmac for takeoff. After over an hour of sweating, they were finally escorted off, only to return to the same plane after repairs, only to find the same issue persisting.

– Water supply challenges grip Thailand 
Meanwhile, the director of the Provincial Water Works has stated that keeping up the water supply has become challenging as many report either no water coming from their taps or just a slow flow. Citing a shortage in the region and as far as Sri Racha, the director stated that in some cases, water trucks are being sent out to homes. However, this doesn’t help people living above the second floors in buildings, as they remain without water.

– Storms bring flooding and drainage failures to Pattaya
Storms in our region were initially welcomed yesterday as the city and local areas were deluged. However, the rain became intense, leading to flooding and revealing numerous flaws in drainage systems laid out at considerable expense over the past year. Authorities in Banglamung are being invited to review the efforts of roadworks on Soi Chaiyapruek 2, where, still unfinished, the new drains failed. With more rain expected through the rest of the week, those in flood-prone areas are recommended to prepare ahead.

Flooding on the main arteries running to Railway Road, Kao Talow, and similar areas saw water levels rising to over 1 meter in places. Once the storms halted, residents were left with huge piles of garbage flushed out by the waters. On rural roads, the effect was similar, with many left with huge piles of sand, which can be as dangerous to bike riders as ice is in the west. Sadly, the deluges do not automatically fix the current drought, as much of the water flows into the ocean. With reservoirs low on water, officials are monitoring feeder ducts to see if and when supply will return, depending on rivers feeding them.

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Written by: Megan Midget

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