Thailand week in review: Northern Thailand experiences colder weather while heavy rains batters in southern provinces, and more

Here is a look at the top NATIONAL stories, chosen by our Pattaya News/TPN National team, from last week, October 10th to the 16th, with some commentary. They are not in any particular level of importance but are listed in the order of date of publication.

1. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O’Cha and cabinet committee attend royal cremation ceremony for mass shooting victims in Nong Bua Lamphu

The royal cremation ceremony for 37 victims of a mass shooting in Nong Bua Lamphu was conducted on Tuesday with a large crowd of the victims’ sorrowful families and relatives. Prime Minister Prayut as well as the cabinet committee also participated in the cremation service at three temples in Uthai Sawan district. Meanwhile, the government vowed to provide financial remedies as well as mental health assistance to the injured and the family members.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O’Cha and cabinet committee attend royal cremation ceremony for mass shooting victims in Nong Bua Lamphu

2. Drivers are able to use phones while driving in Thailand but only with hands-free or Bluetooth devices, clarifies government

According to the new rule published in the Royal Gazette last Friday, drivers of all vehicles, including motorcyclists, are allowed to use their mobile phones while driving only if they are connected to bluetooth device or with a hand-free function. Holding and playing the phone while driving is strongly prohibited. For motorcyclists, phones must be attached to motorcycles’ dashboard or windscreen and must not obstruct their views when riding. A fine of up to 1,000 baht will be charged for those who found violated.

Drivers are able to use phones while driving in Thailand but only with hands-free or Bluetooth devices, clarifies government

3. Thai Meteorological Department warns of cool and windy weather as well as heavy rain

Colder weather is now officially approaching Thailand, especially in the northern part of Thailand, while the Southern provinces will be suffering from heavy rain until the middle of this week due to the tropical storm Nesat. The Thai Meteorological Department also warns of heavy rain that may cause flash floods in several southern provinces. Last weekend, the worst flooding in the past fifty years was reported in Phuket, causing damages in large areas during the long and busy holiday.

Thai Metrological Department warns of cool and windy weather as well as heavy rain

And, that is all for this week. Thank you as always for reading the Pattaya News/TPN News!

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National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.