Department of Foreign Affairs issues Alert Level 1 in Thailand

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday placed Thailand under the Alert Level 1 (Precautionary Phase) after the bombing incident on August 17 which killed at least 20 and injured more than 100 people.

“Alert Level 1 is issued when there are valid signs of internal disturbance, instability, and external threat to the host country”, the DFA said in a statement posted on its Facebook page.

It also advised Filipinos to take necessary precautions and to avoid the following areas, as specified by the Thai police:

a. Ratchaprasong intersection
b. Patumwan intersection
c. Silom road
d. Khao San road
e. Narathiwat intersection
f. Victory monument
g. Tuk Chai intersection
h. Benjasiri Park
i. Soi Thong Lor
j. Sukhumvit Road

Below is the DFA’s complete statement:

DFA RAISES CRISIS ALERT LEVEL 1 IN THAILAND

19 August 2015 – The Department of Foreign Affairs has placed Thailand under the Alert Level 1 (Precautionary Phase) in view of the bomb blast incident near the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok on 17 August 2015. Filipinos are particularly advised to avoid the following areas, as specified by the Thai police:

a. Rajaprasong intersection;
b. Patumwan intersection;
c. Silom road;
d. Khao San road;
e. Narathiwat intersection;
f. Victory monument;
g. Tuk Chai intersection;
h. Benjasiri Park;
i. Soi Thong Lor; and
j. Sukhumvit Road.

Alert Level 1 is issued when there are valid signs of internal disturbance, instability, and external threat to the host country. Filipinos are alerted to take necessary precautions.

The Philippine Embassy is ready to extend assistance, if necessary, to the estimated 15,000 Filipinos in Thailand. Below are the contact details of the Embassy:

Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines
760 Sukhumvit Road corner Soi Philippines (30/1) Klongtoey,
Klongtan, Bangkok 10110, THAILAND
Tel. No.: +662 259 0139 to 40
24/7 Hotline No.: +668 992 659 54
Email addresses: bangkok.pe@dfa.gov.ph or bangkokpe@gmail.com. END

source: DFA Philippines