Top National Thailand Stories From the Past Week: Songkran World Water Festival, and More

Here is a look at the top NATIONAL Thailand stories, chosen by our Pattaya News/TPN National team, from last week, Monday, April 8th, to Sunday, April 14th, 2024.

They are not in any particular level of importance but are listed in the order of date of publication.

Let’s get started and see what the top stories were!

  1. Thai Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Suppression Division, Mueang Samut Sakhon police officers, and relevant agencies launched an inspection at a Taiwanese company in Mueang Samut Sakhon, regarding an alleged connection to the disappearance of 15,000 tonnes of hazardous cadmium in Tak.

Thai health and environmental experts warned of the severe risks associated with cadmium exposure, which could potentially lead to cancer through consumption or inhalation.

2. Mr. Srettha Thavisin, the Thai Prime Minister, and relevant agencies held an urgent meeting regarding a Myanmar commercial aircraft landing at Mae Sot Airport, Tak.

It was reported that the senators proposed to the Thai government to assign a government official unit to manage refugees and establishment of shelters, according to Thai national media.

3. The Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) announced that a heat wave was currently occurring in the upper part of Thailand until April 11th, 2024. A cold air mass from China would descend to cover northeastern Thailand and the South China Sea, said the TMD.

This weather pattern would result in a summer storm in the upper parts of Thailand, characterized by thunderstorms, strong gusts, and localized hailstorms. Lightning strikes might occur in some areas.

4. A total of 234 road accidents, with 248 injuries and 25 deaths, were reported on Friday (April 12th) by the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) on the first day (April 11th) of the ‘Seven Days Road Safety Campaign’ during Songkran (April 11th – April 17th) 2024.

Stay safe out there.

5. Spectacular parade filled Bangkok with vibrant colours and wonderful memories of Songkran in Thailand.

It celebrates the time-honored traditions of ‘Songkran in Thailand, the traditional Thai New Year festival’ that is listed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.

That’s all for this week, be safe!

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.