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News highlights from Asean countries in the Star-AseanPlus section for Thursday (April 1)
BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN): The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) is making preparations to evacuate Thai nationals from Myanmar as the junta’s crackdown against anti-coup demonstrators intensifies.
JAKARTA (Reuters): Indonesia's state oil company PT Pertamina said it has put out a fire that had engulfed part of its 125,000 barrel per day refinery in Balongan, West Java and had begun making preparations to restart the plant.
IWAKI, Japan (Reuters) - Masao Hashimoto has dreamed of holding an Olympic torch since 1964, the first time Tokyo hosted the Olympics, when he ran behind the torch bearers. Rena Arakawa wants to say thanks for help after the 2011 nuclear disaster forced her from her home.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian authorities issued fresh flood warnings and evacuation orders on Tuesday as torrential rains again pummelled several parts of the country, sweeping away homes, roads and livestock in the worst downpour in more than half a century.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian emergency services on Monday rescued 20 dogs from rising floodwaters that menaced a breeding kennel in a suburb northwest of Sydney on Monday.
(Reuters) - Two of Australia's three top insurers on Monday disclosed the number of claims received so far from the worst flooding that Sydney has faced in 60 years and said it was too early to estimate the costs.
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Coal deliveries to Australia's Port of Newcastle, the world's biggest coal export port, have been halted because flooding in the Hunter Valley region has shut rail lines, with heavy rains also slowing ship movements at the port.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Penrith Panthers coach Ivan Cleary has been forced to evacuate his home and move into his halfback son's house as rising floodwaters threaten the National Rugby League (NRL) club's training centre in Sydney's western suburbs.
PITT TOWN, Australia (Reuters) - Australia was set on Monday to evacuate thousands more people from suburbs in Sydney's west, battered by the worst flooding in 60 years, with torrential rains expected to continue for another day or two.