Thai PM assures no interference in justice process, insists doubts over Red Bull heir case be cleared

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha assured today that he will not interfere with process of justice, but reiterated that all doubts surrounding the alleged mishandling, by public prosecutors and the police, of the Red Bull heir’s hit-and-run case must be cleared up. He said that he is waiting for a report from the independent fact-finding […]

Three Killed After Ferry Boat Capsized In Southern Thailand

BANGKOK,  Three people were reportedly killed and two others missing, after a ferry boat capsized, near Koh Samui island, in southern Thailand, a provincial governor said yesterday. Divers found the bodies of the three, who apparently drowned and rescued two survivors, after the Raja 4 boat capsized, due to high tides and heavy rains on […]

Search continues for missing four from capsized ferry near Thailand’s Koh Samui

BANGKOK,  The search and rescue (SAR) operation for four people missing from a ferry that sank near Thailand’s popular tourist island of Koh Samui on Saturday night continued today. The Raja 4 ferry was carrying 12 crew members and four drivers – three 10-wheel lorries and a pickup truck loaded with garbage – when it sank in the stormy sea after […]

ASEAN Weekly Disaster Update Week 31, 27 Jul – 02 Aug 2020

REGIONAL SUMMARY: Multiple flooding events have occurred due to high-intensity rainfall and the overflowing of rivers in the provinces of Aceh, Gorontalo, and North Sulawesi in Indonesia as reported by the country’s Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB). Flooding in multiple regions due to heavy rain and the breaking of a geological sedimentary dike was also […]

Hard hit by COVID-19 pandemic, indigenous peoples’ input must be part of response, recovery strategies, Secretary-General says in observance message

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, observed on 9 August: COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on more than 476 million indigenous people around the world. Throughout history, indigenous peoples have been decimated by diseases brought from elsewhere, to which they had no immunity. It […]