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His Majesty the King has warned that it is not just the Bangkok area that should brace for floods. 

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Attention Ubon Ratchathani

As government authorities and much of the public focused their attention on the flood waters approaching the Bangkok area, His Majesty the King warned that the situation could be even more serious in the Ubon Ratchathani area.

It is there that the two main rivers of the Northeast, the Chi and Mun, meet the Mekong in Khong Chiam district. Both rivers have overflowed their banks upstream and the flood was slowly making its way towards the Mekong.

The King’s warning spurred the government into action and by last evening, local officials were expressing some confidence those living near the rivers would be safe.

They have little control over the flood water itself, however, which is still wreaking havoc all along its way.

As Ubon Ratchathani prepares to deal with the approaching deluge, parts of Maha Sarakham and Surin along the Chi and Mun rivers have already begun to suffer from the overflow.

Water released from the Ubolratana Dam in Khon Kaen as well as that flowing from Chaiyaphum has caused flooding in areas along the Chi River in Maha Sarakham where more than 24,000 rai of farmland has been inundated.

In Surin, where 14 districts have been hit by flooding, the overflow from the Mun River has aggravated the situation in at least three of the affected districts.

Ubon Ratchathani governor Surapol Saiphan said at least 2,400 people living in Muang and Warin Chamrap districts had been evacuated from their homes due to overflow from the Mun River.

The provincial administration was diverting as much water as possible from the Chi and Mun rivers to areas designated for water retention.

If run-off from Nakhon Ratchasima reached Ubon Ratchathani on Friday or Saturday and another deluge from the Chi River arrived on Tuesday or Wednesday, floods there could worsen significantly, the Royal Irrigation Department said.

Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post.

(pay) attention – to watch, listen to, or consider something or someone very carefully เอาใจใส่, สนใจ
brace for – to get ready for something unpleasant เตรียมพร้อม
authorities – people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
approach – to move closer to someone or something เข้าใกล้
overflow – (of a river or body of water) to flood the land next to it ไหลล้น
banks – the raised areas of land along the side of a river  ริมฝั่งแม่น้ำ, ตลิ่งupstream –along a river, in the opposite direction to which the river is flowing ต้นน้ำ
spur – to cause something to happen ก่อให้เกิด
local – in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about  ท้องถิ่น
confidence – the quality of being certain ความมั่นใจ
wreak havoc – to cause something bad to happen in a violent and often uncontrolled way ทำให้เกิด ความเสียหายอย่างรุนแรง, ทำให้เกิดความหายนะ
deluge – a sudden, very heavy rainfall or a sudden flow of a large amount of water ฝนตกหนัก น้ำปริมาณมาก
suffer – to be badly affected by a very difficult or unpleasant situation ประสบความลำบาก
release – to allow a substance to flow out from somewhere ปล่อย
inundate – to flood; to submerge ท่วม, ทำให้จมลงใต้น้ำ
aggravate – to make a bad situation or condition worse ทำให้แย่ลง
evacuate – to cause to leave a place because it is not safe เคลื่อนย้ายออกจาก
administration – government รัฐบาล
diverted – to cause something to change direction เบนเส้นทางเดินน้ำ
designate – to formally choose someone or something for a particular purpose  ที่ได้แต่งตั้ง
retention – the act of keeping or storing something การเก็บ, การเก็บรักษา
run-off – rain, water or other liquid that runs off land into streams and rivers น้ำหลาก
irrigation – the process of supplying water to an area of land through pipes or channels so that crops will grow การชลประทาน

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