Let the electoral battle begin
Party supporters enjoy first day of candidate registration
The first day of registration for the candidates for
Chiang Mai constituency zones was heralded by supporters from all parties.
The Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Organization
(PAO) building was used as the registration centre for candidates hoping to
end up as MP’s for Chiang Mai. The general election will take place on
Many supporters began gathering as early as 7 a.m. The
first registration for Chiang Mai’s 1st constituency zone was at 8.30 a.m.
when Democrat Party candidate Dr. Duentemduang Na Chiangmai registered.
Pakorn Buranuprakorn from Thai Rak Thai Party arrived at 9 a.m. Pakorn and
Dr. Duentemduang are men of note in that Pakorn is the former Member of
Parliament for the 1st constituency zone while Dr. Duentemduang’s father,
Thawatwong Na Chiangmai, is the former Deputy Treasury Minister and Member
of Parliament for Chiang Mai. The Na Chiangmai family has been respected by
Chiang Mai residents for many years.
Chiang Mai Province has 10 constituency zones. Last
election Thai Rak Thai won 9 zones while the Democrat Party won only one.
This year, three political parties, Thai Rak Thai, Democrat and Mahachon are
fielding candidates in all 10.
Now that the electioneering heads towards the final
countdown, the usual aggravations become apparent with rival campaign
posters being torn down or defaced.
Thailand uses a mixed electoral system with electoral district and party
lists. There will be a total of 500 MP’s with 400 from electoral districts
and 100 from the party list. The elected MPs will have 4 years in office,
unless the government dissolves parliament before its term ends.
Village headman victim of daring hit in Chiang Mai Municipality grounds
Chiang Mai rapidly losing its peaceful image
Saming Ruenplee, a village headman of Ban Noi in Doi Tao
district, Chiang Mai, was the victim of a murder attempt, being shot while
at the Chiang Mai Municipality offices on January 12.
Lt. Gen. Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya (left), commissioner of Provincial
Police Bureau Region 5, and witness Sumit Sitthi-on at the scene.
Saming, together with another 22 village headmen and
Tambon Administration Organization officers from Doi Tao district had been
to a meeting regarding garbage management hosted by the Chiang Mai
He was surrounded by 10 others but this did not did not
deter the assassin, who shot him in the forehead. He was rushed to the
nearby McCormick hospital where, at the time of writing, he is in the
intensive care unit in grave condition.
One presumed motive for his murder is a business conflict
concerning garbage pond management, said Pol. Lt. Gen. Panupong Singhara Na
Ayuthaya, the Commissioner of the Provincial Police Bureau Region 5.
Saming had a conflict with his business partners and he
is litigating concerning this conflict, said Pol. Lt. Gen. Panupong. The
police had previously called on both partners to compromise.
Political conflict could also be a possible reason behind
the attempted murder but the business motive was most likely, said the
commissioner, as police have a record of his conflict and lawsuit.
The attempt on Saming’s life has caused deep concern
amongst locals as it occurred in broad daylight inside the government office
precinct and ahead of the general election.
Sumit Sitthi-on, who was talking to Saming before being
shot, said that he did not hear the gunshot even though he was sitting close
to Saming. After the shooting, he and the others ran to hide fearful that
they too might also be targeted.
Pol. Lt. Gen. Panupong said that the hitman who shot
Saming had to be a professional and was well trained. The gunman might have
hidden near the scene and intended to shoot Saming when he reached his car,
but as Saming was not moving whilst talking with his fellows the gunmen
decided to shoot, surmised Pol. Lt. Gen. Panupong.
The commissioner said that he did not expect too much difficulty in
solving the case as the police had knowledge of the conflict and a list of
his potential enemies.
Unruly teen gangs disrupt fair
City has more problems than just garbage
Several teen gangs, refused admission, disrupted the
Chiang Mai Winter Fair, frightened fairgoers and then went on a rampage
through Chiang Mai. This evidently was the result after police refused gang
Around midnight on January 8, a gang consisting of an
estimated 20 teens threatened beer bar owners, demanding free liquor or risk
their bars being trashed. The frightened owners called the police to ask for
help but by the time the police arrived, the gang quickly dispersed.
15 minutes later, teen hoodlums suspected of being
members of the same rowdy gang seen at the Winter Fair, assailed six members
of a rival gang with samurai swords on the Chiang Mai-Lamphun Road in tambon
Wat Ked. The six youths ran for their lives, leaving their motorcycles
behind. The gang then burned one of the motorcycles, terrifying passers-by
who did not dare put the fire out or stop the gang.
By the time the police arrived at this scene they found
only the discarded samurai swords. The burned out motorcycle was taken to
the Mae Ping Police Station.
Simultaneously, another teen gang riding 10 motorcycles
rode noisily around the Im-boon housing estate ambushing passers-by. Police
were called and fortunately they dispersed the gang before anybody was hurt.
At 1 a.m., a teen gang riding 60 motorcycles entered
Thapae Road, the most popular venue for tourists. Armed with wooden sticks
and samurai swords, they threatened pedestrians and shop and bar owners. The
police managed to disperse these as well.
Meanwhile, another estimated 20 teens with firearms were
making trouble at Thai Samut housing estate in tambon Mae Hia. The security
guard tried to stop them but they threatened him, shooting over his head.
The police were called to disperse them.
Pol. Col. Chamnarn Ruad-rew, deputy Chiang Mai police
chief, surmised that the teens became unruly after visiting the Winter Fair
after some groups were not allowed by the police to enter the fair.
He admitted that there were not enough police to control
and suppress the teen gangs, and that they had recently become a serious
problem. However, more police have been assigned to patrol the Winter Fair
to assure the security of the fair visitors, and around the city to suppress
Police in eight northern provinces donate 2 million baht for tsunami victims
Commissioner of the Provincial Police Bureau Region 5,
Pol. Lt. Gen. Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya received a donation of
necessities and two million baht cash from the eight northern provincial
police divisions on January 4. These included dried food and clothes to be
sent to the grief-stricken victims of the tsunami disaster in the southern
being loaded in the police operations vehicle.
The donation was voluntary by the police in the northern provinces, said
the commissioner. The commissioner said that he admired the great spirit of
the police who had shown concern and empathy with the people in the affected
from police in the eight northern provinces at the Provincial Police Bureau
Region 5 before being sent to the affected southern provinces.
Local residents causing big stink over garbage disposal
Intrigue and nocturnal subterfuge in the life of the collectors
The Chiang Mai Municipality’s garbage “management” is
causing trouble for both city residents and outlying communities. Back in
October 2004, people in Hot and Doi Tao districts protested against the
municipality’s garbage management which brought the garbage collected from the
municipal area to be buried in privately owned land in their districts. The
stench of the garbage triggered annoyance to Hot and Doi Tao dwellers.
Municipality garbage trucks line up on Haiya Road after the municipality failed
to find a place to dump garbage.
Residents complained, so the municipality appeared to take a
new direction – subterfuge. Without informing anyone, people in Hang Chat
district, Lampang found that the garbage carried in the 6 wheel trucks was
secretly being disposed of in the district’s areas at night.
This night shift disposal squad did not go unnoticed,
however, and 500 people in San Kam Phaeng district, Chiang Mai, petitioned the
district chief officer Surachai Chongrak, submitting a request to Chiang Mai
Governor Suwat Tantipat regarding the Municipality’s urgent need to find a
permanent garbage dumping area.
In the meantime, some olfactory sleuthing was carried out and
on the morning of January 4, 2005, it was revealed by residents and personnel of
a private company on Rattanakosin Road in tambon Chang Puek that garbage was
being secretly buried in community land. The stench of the garbage led them to
the burial area. The people said they were afraid that the buried garbage would
become a source of disease.
From the observation carried out by the Chiangmai Mail, we
learned that the area is 15-20 rai wide. There were guards patrolling the area
to prevent entry by the general people. Fences were placed to prevent people
observing the action.
One of the workers, after promises of anonymity, told
Chiangmai Mail that the garbage was buried secretly at night when nobody was
around. Two backhoe trucks were permanently at the site to dig holes for garbage
burial. The worker said that the land was leased by a lawyer who was allowing
“somebody” to bury the garbage in his land.
Chiangmai Mail phoned Governor Suwat, who said the matter was
a responsibility of the Chiang Mai Mayor Boonlert Buranuprakorn and Deputy
Chiang Mai Governor Prinya Panthong. We have been unable to obtain a statement
from anyone at this stage.
At present, uncollected garbage is seen piled up on almost every corner of
Chiang Mai City. Garbage management is becoming one of the unsolved critical
problems of Chiang Mai City, the future (garbage) hub of the Greater Mekong
at road toll figures
Suggest banning alcohol sales during festive season
The New Year death toll of 17 with 516 injured is a
wake up call to Chiang Mai to review its measures to deal with road
accidents, said Deputy Chiang Mai Governor Prinya Panthong at a meeting
attended by officials from the Chiang Mai Highway Office, Transport Office
and Public Health Office at Chiang Mai City Hall.
Chiang Mai Governor Prinya Panthong
It was reported that most accidents occurred on
December 31 and Jan 1, with five deaths each day. Road accident prevention
measures need to be reviewed to re-plan in accordance with the real
causes, said Prinya.
Most victims were men and most accidents occurred after
midnight. Highways proved more dangerous than roads within municipal
Of the 17 dead, 13 did not have driving licenses; 12
were motorcyclists without helmets and nine were drunk, and many motorists
had not fastened their seat belts. This reflects poor preventive measures,
Leaning towards control rather than enforcement, Deputy
Governor Prinya said that to reduce road accidents effectively, it needs
to be considered whether the law should prohibit the sale of liquor during
the festive season.
Prinya pointed out that San Kamphaeng district, which
has frequent accidents, has almost 1,000 roadside bars and pubs. He
condemned the Excise Office for allowing such a number of bars and pubs to
proliferate in the area.
Prinya suggested people who purchase motorcycles need
first to have driving licenses. He pointed out that the law was deficient
in that it did not cover this matter. It is worrying that more young
people are using motorcycles and often die in accidents. He believes that
an appropriate law will help to reduce road accident injuries and deaths.
(The Chiangmai Mail has pointed out previously that helmet
standards and compulsory wearing of helmets would cut the death toll by at
least 50 percent, but this is still not being addressed by the
Burmese to build their own long-necked Karen village
Conflicts predicted between rival Burmese groups and Thai entrepreneurs
Col. Tun Kyaw, deputy chairman of the Kayinni National
People’s Liberation Front (KNPLF) is to build a new village at the site of
a former Kayinni National Progressive Party (KNPP) outpost, with the concept
of bringing long-necked Karens to live there and bring tourists across the
border from Mae Hong Son.
The new village is estimated to be three kilometers from
Ban Nam Piang Din in tambon Pha Bong, Muang district, Mae Hong Son.
Construction is estimated to be finished in mid 2005.
When the new village is completed, long-necked Karen
residing at Ban Huay Sua Tao and Ban Nam Piang Din of Mae Hong Son might be
called back to reside at the new village to be tourist attractions.
Col. Tun Kyaw said that the KNPLF’s construction of the
new village has the support of the Burmese government. Col. Tun Kyaw will be
responsible for the economic affairs at many Thai-Burma borders such as the
area adjacent to Ban Nam Piang Din in Mae Hong Son, the border pass at Ban
Sao Hin in Mae Sariang district, Mae Hong Son and some areas in Tak
According to Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)
statistics, over 10,000 tourists visit the long-necked Karen at Ban Huay Sua
Tao and Ban Nam Piang Din in Mae Hong Son each year. The establishment of a
new village for the long-necked Karens will definitely affect Mae Hong Son
The Karen is one of the minority tribes in Burma living
along the border and is not armed like other tribes. Formerly, the
long-necked Karen were under control of Maj. Gen. Bee Htoo, the KNPP leader.
With the KNPLF calling the long-necked Karen to live in its new village,
conflict between the KNPP and KNPLF will occur.
Mae Rim district office
a model for the country
Thaksin given 6.5 million for tsunami victims
PM Thaksin Shinawatra presided over the official opening of
the Mae Rim District Office and Mae Rim District Conference Hall on January 10.
The new 18.4 million baht Lanna architectural style building replaces the old
building which has been used for over 30 years.
Shinawatra (centre) cuts the ribbon to officially open the new Mae Rim District
Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat and Chiang Mai Mayor
Boonlert Buranuprakorn used the occasion to hand over 6.5 million baht that had
been donated by Chiang Mai residents to aid the tsunami victims.
Thaksin Shinawatra carrying an infant, whose birth was registered at the new Mae
Rim District Office.
PM Thaksin said the new building was beautifully designed and
worth the money spent as it will provide non-stop service to the people through
the many government organizations there and in addition free internet access is
provided for the public.
Mae Rim District Office is the pilot project for the country,
said the PM. Nationwide, the district offices would be upgraded and developed.
All service at district offices had to be fast and up to date to serve the
“I was born in San Kamphaeng, brought up in Chiang Mai and
worked in Bangkok. At present, I have a house situated at Green Valley Housing
Estate in Mae Rim district and plan to build another one in Ban Pong Yaeng of
Mae Rim district. So, you can call me a Mae Rim resident,” said PM Thaksin.
It was noticed that the PM was escorted by some Thai Rak Thai candidates but
they were prevented from campaigning in the district by the strict regulations
of the Election Committee of Thailand.
Gearing up for the election
Chiang Mai Provincial Election Committee
on lookout for breaches
Pol. Maj. Gen. Pimol Sintunawa, chairman of the Chiang Mai
Provincial Election Committee, arranged a workshop on January 7 for the Election
Committee’s financial personnel to learn more about the law and electioneering
Pol Maj Gen
Pimol Sintunawa, chairman of the Chiang Mai Provincial Election Committee.
The main duty of financial personnel is to inspect the
purchasing behaviour of Chiang Mai candidates during the campaigning season,
they were told.
All candidates and parties are restricted by election laws
and all campaign posters need to be in line with the Election Committee of
Thailand’s (ECT) regulations and speeches made by candidates must not
denigrate other candidates.
The purchasing behaviour of the candidates is one of the most critical points
monitored by ECT. This can be used as evidence to prove vote buying in violation
of election laws. Any candidate who has violated the law will be warned and
their status as a candidate can be revoked by ECT.
Chiang Mai Public Health Office targets polio, leprosy and uterine cancer
Rattawut Sookmee, Head of Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health
office, said that the health campaign of Chiang Mai Public Health Office for
2005 will focus on polio, leprosy and uterine cancer.
Whilst polio is largely under control in Thailand, as Chiang
Mai is near the border and many migrants settle in the city, polio is still a
disease about which the Public Health Office has to remain vigilant. As the
distribution of polio vaccine does not cover all children in the province, a
twice yearly polio vaccination campaign for children is required. The Ministry
of Public Health distributed the first round on December 21, 2004 and will
distribute more on January 18. Children can receive the vaccine at Chiang Mai
Provincial Public Health Office, hospitals and public health centres free of
In 2004, more than two women in 100,000 died from uterine
cancer. Immediate identification of first stage cancer patients will help
decrease the mortality. Cancer examinations will be held January 14–20 at all
Public Health Ministry hospitals. The main target group is women between 30 and
45 years old.
The Royal Seminar of Citizens also takes place in the same
week. This seminar is one of His Majesty the King’s royal projects to
eradicate leprosy, a serious problem for the Public Health Office. It is known
that some areas such as Chiang Dao, Mae-ai, Fang, and Om Koi districts have one
leper per 100,000 citizens. Some leprosy sufferers are anticipated in other
areas, as migrant labour moves to Chiang Mai district. If the initial symptoms,
such as a rash or spots or muscle weakness (foot drop) appears, a physician
should be consulted promptly, since the illness can be cured, but delayed
treatment may result in permanent disability.
Diethelm Travel Asia Phuket comment
John Watson, CEO, Diethelm Travel Asia,
provided comment on the current situation in Phuket following his visit this
“There has been a remarkable transformation in Phuket
further to the tragic events of two weeks ago. The world will never forget
the victims of the tsunami or the efforts of the wonderful people who eased
the pain and suffering and led the recovery.
Watson, CEO, Diethelm Travel Asia
“We must, of course, look to the future. Accurate and
factual reporting can serve only to help the people, and the economies,
within the affected areas. There is no doubt in my mind that Phuket is open
for business. The infrastructure is safe and sound and I have no concerns
for the provision of healthcare for locals and tourists.
“The vast majority of beaches and roads are in pristine
condition. The water and electricity supplies are in good order. The hotels,
bars and restaurants are ready, willing and able to provide their legendary
quality standard of cost-effective cheerful hospitality. I have already
booked my spring holiday in Phuket.
“At a time like this, it goes through one’s mind that
it could appear mercenary to promote tourism so soon after a tragedy.
However, it is my strong belief that the best way to help the Thai people is
to tell the truth, and that truth is that areas like Phuket are truly open
again for business. Tourist dollars will ensure people remain in employment,
improve morale, and facilitate the healing process.
“My message is clear, come to Thailand and come now. The generous, warm
and friendly people of Thailand need your support, now.”
Young girl presumed abducted
Family feud may hold the key
24-year-old Anchalee Srinoi, daughter of the Chiang Mai
Gate PTT petrol station owner, has disappeared after transferring 1 million
baht cash to the PTT Bangkok branch at the Bangkok Bank, Airport Branch on
Srinoi, the mother of the missing Anchalee Srinoi, feels that her daughter
has been kidnapped.
The mother of the missing woman, Rampen Srinoi, 53,
notified Pol. Col. Sarawut Chantraprasert, superintendent of the Chiang Mai
Provincial Investigation Division that her daughter was missing on January
Before she disappeared, she phoned her mother to ask
whether the mother wanted something for the evening meal, but Anchalee did
not return home.
Rampen suspected that her daughter being missing might be
involved with an old conflict between her son, Chatchawarn Srinoi and
Payungsak Yodbangtoey, the brother of Maj Gen Intarat Yodbangtoey. In the
past, Chatchawan was accused of hiring a gunman to murder Payungsak.
Since then, Rampen and Anchalee have taken care of the
petrol station instead of her brother, and have been fearful for their
Pol. Col. Sarawut said that the mother’s fears may well be real, but
Anchalee’s siblings will be called for questioning before any further
investigation is carried out.
Elderly in focus
One Hospital One Aged People Clinic promoted
to serve elderly
The Department of Medical Services, Ministry of Public
Health is focussing on the “One Hospital One Aged People Clinic” project
to provide non-stop services in physical and mental treatment for elderly
people throughout the country. Together with aged peoples’ clinics, a
network of aged people clubs in each tambon will be formed.
At a training course for aged people clubs and networks,
Dr Chatri Banchuen, director general of the Department of Medical Service,
said that a study had revealed that most aged people had chronic,
non-contagious diseases. The survey showed that 68 percent of the elderly
suffer from backache and stomach ache, 40 percent have blood problems, 22
percent have high blood pressure and stomach problems, 13 percent have heart
disease and 11 percent have cataracts.
As elsewhere in the world, females live longer than males
so consequently, Thailand has twice as many women aged over 75 than men.
There is growing tendency for aged people to be neglected
and live alone as a result of the weakening of traditional values and the
extended families as young people leave their homes to seek employment in
urban areas and remain single.
At present, Thailand has approximately 6 million aged
people, which is 7 percent of the national population. In the next ten
years, aged people will increase in numbers to 10 million and a proportion
of 12-13 percent of the population.
This increase in the number of the elderly indicates that
the country needs a system to maintain their quality of life, said Dr
Chatri. Due to the change in the social system, old peoples’ networks
within communities are increasingly important.
In 17 Northern provinces, 73 of out 1131 tambons or 6.4
percent do not have old people clubs and the department will now hasten to
initiate such ventures.
Northern economy looking good, imports still high
Tourism benefits from southern security problems
The industrial sector showed a positive increase in the
last quarter of 2004, as did tourism and exports, reported the Bank of
Thailand on January 4; but imports also rose.
The upward trend, according to the Bank of Thailand,
Northern Region, was due to increased expenditure by the government and
private sectors as well as increased exports due to increasing foreign
The electronic industry scored well with exports from the
Northern Region Industrial Estate (Lamphun) soaring by 8.3 percent or USD
124 million. The principal customers were Japan, Singapore and the US, where
the demand for electrical circuits and other electronic devices is
increasing. However, the demand for motors, transformers, electronic spare
parts and medical equipment has dropped.
Tourism in the north, perhaps benefiting from security
problems in the south of Thailand, has also improved. Seasonal festivals,
especially Loy Krathong, were becoming a prime attraction to visitors from
European countries, the US and Japan and this has stimulated both government
and private sectors.
Accommodation rates have risen by 4.4 percent compared
with the same period in 2003. The average hotel room price has also
increased from 963 baht per night to 1,047 baht. Tourist arrivals at the
airport have increased by 30 percent. VAT returns from hotels and
restaurants have jumped by 8.8 percent compared to last year.
As for foreign trade, exports via the northern custom
offices have risen by 12.1 percent, or USD 171 million. Exports from the
Northern Region Industrial Estate and border areas are up by 8.3 percent, or
USD 124 million.
Exports through the Burmese border increased by 30
percent, or USD 37 million. However, imports via the northern customs
offices have also risen by 12.2 percent, or USD 113 and via the Northern
Region Industry Estate by 10 percent, or USD 100 million — mainly raw
materials for processing in Thailand. Imports through land borders have
increased by 30 percent, or USD 11.4 million. Burmese imports, especially
fishery goods, have risen by 70 percent or USD 4.9 million.
Pha Muang Task Force and Provincial Police turn up two drug runners
Commander of the Pha Muang Task Force, Maj. Gen. Manus Paorik
directed the soldiers of the Special Task Force of the 2nd Cavalry Division to
work in collaboration with the police of the Provincial Police Bureau Region 5
and local police of the Chaiprakarn District Police Station to search for drugs
in targeted villages in Chaiprakarn district, Chiang Mai on January 1. This New
Year narcotic search led to the arrest of two dealers who had smuggled 10,000 ya
ba tablets into Thailand.
The search began at early morning of the New Year day. 50
soldiers and police encircled and searched many suspected households in Ban Mai
Nong Bua in tambon Nong Bua but they found no drugs.
Finally, the team found 10,000 tablets of orange ya ba at the
house of Ke Kijnarueroj and Wanchart Saejueng at Ban Mai Nong Bua. The ya ba
pills were found hidden under the seat of Ke’s pick-up truck.
The arrested men are reported to be residents of Ban Huay Nam
Dang in Mae Taeng district, Chiang Mai. They usually transferred drugs from the
border point via Ban Mai Nong Bua. They rented the house at the village to be a
resting point while waiting for the best time to transfer the drugs to downtown
Both men confessed that they had done this transfer many
times. The two men were arrested and jailed at Chaiprakarn District Police
Female prisoners to be allowed to meet relatives
Chiang Mai Women’s Correctional Institute
Naowarat Thanasrisutharat, the director of the Chiang Mai
Women’s Correctional Institute, declared that the first 2005 relatives’
meeting days will be held for prisoners March 14–25, two hours twice a day
The aim is to give a chance for well behaved prisoners to
visit with their relatives face to face and without barriers. They will have the
opportunity to have lunch together. This will encourage good family relations
and improve the morale of the inmates. It is hoped that this will add to the
self-esteem of these women, increase their ability to re-adapt to society and
encourage them to live better lives.
Thais qualifying for the visitation programme will be those
with medium level sentences (no more than 10 years). They must be first time
offenders and should have been well behaved in accordance with regulations.
Foreign prisoners sentenced to death or undergoing a
disciplinary penalty will not be allowed visitors. Visitors to foreigners must
be close relatives: mother, father, wife, husband or offspring. In case they
have no relatives, the director will allow other people visit after appropriate
The correctional institutes will start to accept the
applications at the activity section, Chiang Mai Women’s Correctional
Institute, January 15 – February 28, during working hours, and reserve the
dates. Identification documents or other documents issued by the government are
requested on arrival. Relatives living in other provinces can call for
reservations on 0-5322-1231.
On the meeting days, officials will thoroughly examine
articles brought by the relatives on entry and exit. Alcohol, drugs, and weapons
are prohibited and those in violation will be prosecuted.
Northerners demonstrate compassion and generosity
Almost 5 million baht donated for those affected by tsunami
The Helping Hand programme on Channel 11 on behalf of tsunami
sufferers brought an immediate response from northern people and almost 5
million baht was donated within a few hours by people in the eight Northern
provinces, said Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat.
Governors from the eight Northern provinces were surprised
when their joint appearance on the programme calling for assistance resulted in
such an immediate response and the switchboard was swamped with calls from those
wishing to donate to the relief effort.
Chiang Mai government officials have donated 10 million baht
and with the generous private donations, the North and Chiang Mai have very much
helped those affected, said Governor Suwat.
The province has received excellent cooperation from people
donating clothes, food, money and other necessities. The effort continues and
those wishing to donate can do so at the Chiang Mai City Hall and the Provincial
Disaster Relief and Prevention Offices. Receipts will be issued for every