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Thailand: Drought persists in 13 provinces

Drought is persisting in 13 provinces as rain makes an appearance in the upper North and Northeast, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department chief Chatchai Promlert said on Sunday. Earlier 40 provinces were reported as drought-hit. The situation in 27 provinces has eased because of the rain. Keep ...

Japan boosts aid to ‘Mekong five’ nations

Japan has pledged Y750bn ($6.1bn) in aid to the “Mekong Five” nations over the next three years as Tokyo seeks fresh influence in a region it regards as crucial to domestic economic growth and regional strategic balance. Keep reading   ...

Thai PM calls for Japanese firms to invest more in Mekong region

Thailand’s Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has invited Japanese small and medium sized enterprises to invest more in the Mekong Subregion- by taking advantage of its logistic transport links, with the expectation that the region will be able to take a step forward together. Prayut spoke ...

Lack of rain gauges putting weathermen at disadvantage

While some areas of Cambodia are undoubtedly suffering from an extended dry season, a lack of rain gauges means that comprehensive data is hard to find. Oum Ryna, director of the Department of Meteorology at the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology, told Post Weekend that the ...

Thousands forced to evacuate as severe floods hit Rakhine State

Increasing heavy rains have caused severe flooding in the western state of Rakhine, Myanmar, destroying nearly 200 homes and causing serious damage to another hundred across four townships. During the first few days of the flooding, around 1,500 people were evacuated, and about 300 of ...

Migrant deadline passes in Thailand

Cambodian, Burmese and Laotian undocumented workers descended on Thailand’s one-stop service centres for visas and work permits before the closing deadline, as Thai authorities yesterday signalled a crackdown on illegal labour. More than 100,000 Cambodian workers in Thailand could face arrest and deportation after the deadline for ...

Could damming the Mekong destroy south-east Asia's greatest river and food bowl?

Conservationists, politicians and at least one prime minister are warning the quest for hydro power for booming urban centres in China and south-east Asia is threatening the food supply of more than 40 million people, including millions in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s food bowl. Kraisak Choonhavan, ...

Groups call for halt on construction of major dam in Laos

The environmental group International Rivers has called on Laos to suspend construction of a major dam on the Mekong River and to continue talks with its concerned neighbours downstream. The Don Sahong Dam, which would spread across the river just above the Cambodian border, is a ...

Saving Laos from global warming

The fragile relationship between agriculture and climate in Laos is imperiled. From the riverine paddies to the limestone karst, Laos’ subsistence farmers—about 80 percent of the rural population—depend on getting the right amount of rain at the right time. But in recent years, changes in ...

Cambodia priced out of Filipino rice tender again

Cambodia has lost a 100,000-tonne Filipino rice bid to Vietnam, on account of a higher costs as compared to regional competitors, marking the fourth time the Kingdom has failed to win a rice tender issued by the Philippines. The Philippines National Food Authority last week awarded ...

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