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WEDNESDAY’S LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (14 June 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (14 June 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

– Thailand Dengue Fever Scare
Thailand’s KNOWN dengue fever count, this year to date, exceeded over 18,000 patients by the end of May, according to the health authorities who also remind that many more cases were simply unreported in rural regions. With the patient range from toddlers to the aging,  Bangkok had the highest number of registered patients,  but the Eastern seaboard region is very high too.  Traditionally, the so-called dengue season begins now through August, and as a result, the health ministry issued a warning to all to avoid having any stagnant water around homes, use mosquito nets and treat homes along with work places.

– Burmese border casinos shine bright despite power cut
A week after Thailand’s power company cut off supply to a Burmese region just across the border, at the behest of the Burmese authorities,  nighttime photos show the casinos and entertainment areas neon lit to the extreme.  This as Chinese investors there had the forethought to install huge generators.  The same can’t be said for the regular citizens though as they have no power, and even mobile phone services are down.  Big business for generator sellers on the Thai side as many are coming here to buy and there is a waiting list.  For most though, it’s zero power, so homes overheat and food goes to waste.  No sign of the cut being lifted either as the authority HERE  instigated the cuts at the same time as the power companies within Myanmar. Many though are buying Thai sim cards to at least be able to use their phones, if and when they can find a power supply to charge them.

– Belgian expat takes his own life at shooting range
On Phuket, a Belgian man left staff at a shooting range in shock as he turned a rented weapon in himself.  Said to be a local expat of long standing, he went to the gun range and rented a handgun for practice.  Staff noted that he seemed to know what he was doing but then he quickly turned it on himself and before anyone could react, pulled the trigger.

– Over 6,000 affected by stomach virus in Phuket
On Phuket,  the local public health department is warning of a stomach virus which has affected over 6000 people on the island, in one week alone, causing severe upsets.  As authorities check water and ICE supplies, all have been warned to wash hands regularly and drink only bottled water.   Eating raw foods, such as salads and vegetables is not recommended unless prepared at home and washed with bottled water until the actual cause of the illness is established.

– “Where’s my Rolex?” says Japanese tourist in Bangkok
When a Japanese tourist fell asleep after a heavy night in the town, he woke, in a taxi, to find that he was ok, hungover but minus his Rolex cash and valuables.   The next day his bank called him regarding purchases on his credit card that he hadn’t made and as a result called the police.  Quickly identified, the taxi driver was nabbed and a search of his rooms resulted in much of the Japanese man’s goods being recovered.  Minus his Rolex, worth an estimated 1 million baht on its own, which the taxi man claimed to have sold, for 25,000 baht.

– Wild elephant rescued from deep pond
In Nakhon Nayok province Locals found an adult elephant stuck in a pond.  Seems the animal was happy to get in, for a dip, but couldn’t get out and was trapped in the pond for hours after failed efforts to climb out.  As the animal tired and appeared to give up, a digger was brought in to build steps in the mud bank, the elephant took the hint and legged it, happily, back into the jungle.

Photo Credit: The Nation

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Written by: Megan Midget

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