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Thailand and Burma Weather Problems

April 3, 2011

Thailand hit by Torrential Rains-dated 3-29-11

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There was no let up to the heavy rain and associated flooding across southern Thailand on Tuesday, disrupting transport, tourism and day-to-day business.

The National Disaster Warning Centre forecast is for more heavy rain through Thursday or Friday.

The centre warned people in Satun, Trang, Krabi, Phuket, Phang Nga, Ranong, Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala, Songkhla, Phatthalung, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani and Chumphon of the danger of
forest run-off and landslides.

Authorities in Koh Samui  started evacuating people to temples on high ground after heavy rains caused flash floods that destroyed roads and disrupted communications.

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Over 3,700 Burmese Fishermen Still Missing

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Of the 7,000 fishermen that were swept into the Andaman Sea during a tropical storm on March 14-16, a total of 3,374 have now been rescued, according to a source close to the Myanmar Marine Fishing Association (MMFA).

The remaining 3,700 are still missing. Nearly two weeks since 400 fishing vessels were overturned or destroyed in 70mph winds, little hope remains of anyone else surviving.

“There are currently about 400 fishing vessels at sea trying to rescue survivors of the storm,” said the source. “So far, more than 3,700 fishermen have been rescued and brought to Rangoon.”

Burma’s state media reported on March 22 that naval ships, large fishing vessels and local fishing boats had jointly rescued 3,374 fishermen. While 3,152 have already gone home, 222 fishermen remain under government care, the report said, adding that the rescued fishermen had been provided medicine, clothes and food.

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