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Tropical Depression ‘Sonca’ Leaves Sakon Nakhon Submerged

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Sakon Nakhon Submerged

The northeastern province of Sakon Nakhon has been left in a state of devastation following heavy rain from tropical depression “Sonca” that has left thousands stranded.

Wittaya Chanchalong, the provincial governor, said it’s the worst flooding in 20 years with water levels reaching two meters in some areas.

Rescue workers have been working around the clock supplying those stranded with food and taking others to higher ground or makeshift shelters.

The provincial hospital remains operational although it is under 30cm of water in some parts with patients and medical equipment moved off the ground floor.

The airport was closed due to a flooded runway and is not expected to reopen until Saturday night at the earliest.

The governor said the flooding was caused by torrential rain and runoff from Phu Phan Mountain. It’s expected the situation will improve over the weekend as no more rain is forecast.

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Suvarnabhumi Airport Phase 2 Ready For Take-Off April 2022

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Suvarnabhumi Airport Phase 2 Ready For Take-Off April 2022

Airports of Thailand (AOT) announced on Monday that Suvarnabhumi Airport Phase 2 is more than 95% complete and will be operational by April 2022.

AOT president Nitinai Sirismatthakarn told reporters on Monday Satellite Terminal 1 (SAT-1) will service 28 aprons boosting Suvarnabhumi’s capacity by about 15 million passengers per annum.

The APM [Automated People Mover] system that will link SAT-1 with the main airport terminal is 71% complete with two out of the six trains delivered with a further four expected to arrive by late October.

Tests will be conducted once the lines are finished and the additional trains arrive with a completion date estimated to be April 2021.

The APM can shuttle up to 6,000 passengers per hour between the main terminal and SAT-1.

Meanwhile, the Individual Carrier System (ICS) and baggage carousels are about 75 per cent complete. A final readiness test on SAT-1 and its systems will take approximately 12 months.

Construction work on the airline office building and the eastern car park are expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

Nitinai said construction had been delayed due to Covid-19, resulting in a lack of labour and the inability to import parts and materials pushing back an earlier opening of the new facility.

SAT-1 is part of a 62 billion baht plan to expand the airport that was approved in 2011.



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Emergency Decree Extended Until October 31

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Emergency Decree Extended Until October 31

The National Security Council today approved the extension of the state of emergency for another month until the end of October.

In the announcement, it was stated the continuation was needed to control and contain the spread of COVID-19 outlining once again the Disease Control Act didn’t grant the government the powers needed to combat the virus effectively.

The decision was passed at a meeting of the Covid-19 Situation Administration on Monday morning.



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Elderly Dutch Man Drowns Off Pattaya Beach

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No foul play is suspected in the death of an elderly Dutchman whose body was found floating in the sea off Pattaya beach on Friday evening.

The body of 74-year-old Johannes Van Schaik was spotted by locals floating in the sea close to Walking Street around 7pm.

A missing persons report had already been filed with police by his worried wife earlier in the evening after he failed to return from an afternoon swim.

Elderly Dutchman Drowns Off Pattaya Beach

Rescue volunteers from the Sawang Boriboon Foundation used a boat to recover the body as a crowd of onlookers gathered to watch including the wife of the deceased.

His wife Sukjai, 41, was inconsolable and was comforted by members of the public.

Police believe the man died of natural causes and sent the body for an autopsy.



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