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A little good news
- Published: 13 Jan 2011 at 10.15
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The good news is that the Brisbane river stayed below record levels, but more than 25,000 homes were still fully or partially flooded.
Resident Anne Smart sits on the step of her flooded house after rainwaters the day before inundated the city of Ipswich, some 40 kms southwest of the Queensland city of Brisbane on January 12, 2011. AFP PHOTO / Eddie Safarik
If you followed our coverage of the floods in Thailand late last year, this story should be easy to read. After our own experience, we understand very well how much the people of Queensland are suffering.
A little good news for flood-ravaged Brisbane
There were at least two pieces of good news out of the flood-stricken city of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia this morning.
First, the Brisbane River that had been threatening the city with catastrophe peaked more than a metre below the high that officials had feared.
Secondly, people generally heeded warnings and stayed out of the areas where water was rising.
“No emergency rescues overnight. Thanks for making sensible choices,” read a message on the Queensland Police twitter site.
Still, the situation is extremely grim in the Brisbane area. Police report that 11,900 homes have been inundated with 14,799 partially flooded and 5000 businesses flooded or affected.
The capital of Queensland state resembled a muddy lake this morning. More than100,000 homes and businesses are without power, the sewage system is severely disrupted and authorities are struggling to keep the telecommunications system operational.
"This morning as I look across not only the capital city, but three-quarters of my state, we are facing a reconstruction effort of post-war proportions," Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said from the city of two million people.
Bligh, who has received much praise for her tireless leadership throughout the flood crisis, warned that "this is going to be a long recovery."
One of last night’s most dramatic incidents occurred about 11pm when a 300m-long section of the Brisbane floating boardwalk broke away from the riverbank, threatening to do major damage to a bridge and other structures down river.
Somehow, tugboat pilots were able to steer the boardwalk out of harm’s way, despite the raging currents.
"That was an amazing job because, number one, there's no lines connected to the walkway itself. All they were doing was nudging it into position," said Brisbane region harbour master Captain Richard Johnson.
Adapted from agency, television and web reports.
ravaged – destroyed or damaged very badly ถูกทำให้เสียหาย, ถูกทำลาย, ถูกล้างผลาญ
stricken – affected by serious problems ได้รับผลกระทบจากปัญหาหนักหน่วง
threaten – to be likely to harm or destroy something เป็นลางร้าย
catastrophe – an extremely damaging event เหตุร้ายกาจม ความหายนะ
peak – to reach the highest amount or level, before becoming lower ขึ้นจนถึงจุดสุดยอด
heed – to consider someone’s advice or warning and do what they suggest ปฏิบัติตามคำแนะนำ
warning – an action or statement telling someone of a possible problem or danger คำเตือน
emergency – an unexpected situation involving danger in which immediate action is necessary เหตุฉุกเฉิน
rescue – to save someone form a dangerous or unpleasant situation ช่วยชีวิต
sensible – reasonable and practical มีเหตุผล
situation – all the circumstances and things that are happening at a particular time and in a particular place สถานการณ์
extremely – much more severe or serious than usual ที่ร้ายแรงมาก, ที่รุนแรงที่สุด
grim – unpleasant and making you feel upset and worried ที่โหดร้าย
inundated – flooded ถูกน้ำท่วม, จมลงใต้น้ำ
partial – in part, but not complete บางส่วน
resemble – to be like or look like someone or something else มีลักษณะคล้ายกับ
sewage – waste substances, especially waste from people’s bodies, removed from houses and other buildings by a system of large underground pipes called sewers สิ่งปฏิกูล, น้ำโสโครก
severely – very seriously อย่างรุนแรง
disrupt – to prevent something from continuing as usual or as expected ทำให้ยุ่งเหยิง, ทำให้ยุ่งยาก
authorities – people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
struggle – to try hard to do something that you find very difficult พยายาม
telecommunications – the science and technology of sending information by telephone, radio, or television โทรคมนาคม
operational – working; able to be used ที่สามารถใช้งานได้
reconstruction – the process of building or creating something again that has been damaged or destroyed การสร้างใหม่, การประกอบใหม่
post-war – after a war
proportions – the degree of importance of something ความสำคัญ, ขนาด
praise – an expression of strong approval or admiration การยกย่อง, การชื่นชม
tireless – working very hard without stopping ไม่รู้จักเหน็ดเหนื่อย, ที่ไม่เหน็ดเหนื่อย
crisis – an urgent, difficult, or dangerous situation วิกฤตการณ์
recovery – the process of becoming normal and healthy again ฟื้นฟูสภาพ
dramatic – exciting and impressive ตื่นเต้นเร้าใจ
incident – something that happens, usually something bad เหตุการณ์
boardwalk – a path made of narrow boards and often raised above the level of the ground ทางไม้กระดาน โดยเฉพาะแถวชายหาดหรือฝั่งแม่น้ำ
riverbank – the land at the side of a river ฝั่งแม่น้ำ, ตลิ่ง
tugboat – a small powerful boat used for pulling larger boats, especially in ports เรือโยง, เรือลาก
pilot – someone who leads a ship through a difficult or dangerous area of water คนนำร่อง
steer – to control the direction in which something or someone moves นำทาง ถือพวงมาลัย
out of harm’s way – away from something dangerous or damaging
raging – happening with a lot of force or violence รุนแรงมาก
current – a strong movement of water in one direction กระแสน้ำ
nudge – to make something move gradually or a little way in a particular direction ดัน,ถอง,สะกิด,ดุน
harbour – an area of water near the land where it is safe for boats to stay ท่าเรือ
harbour master – an official responsible for enforcing the rules and regulations of a particular harbour