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Preparing for the worst
- Published: 10 Oct 2011 at 11.01
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High tide, run-off from the North and heavy rains could equal misery for Bangkokians as the city prepares as best it can.
Mattresses and sleeping gear have been prepared at Gymnasium 2 Building of Thammasat University, which has opened its Rangsit campus for use as an evacuation shelter for flood victims. THITI WANNAMONTHA.
Preparing for the worst
It rained again last night and this morning on the waterlogged city of Bangkok. Some areas outside the city's flood walls are already partially inundated and this will certainly get worse.
Later this month, the worst possible situation is a real possibility with the arrival of the run-off from the North and high tides from the sea. Add to that the heavy rain that is forecast and Bangkok will not be a pleasant place to live.
The government is calling on the public to donate about 700,000 sandbags to guard Bangkok against the coming floodwater from the North.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said the sandbags were needed to build more embankments in vulnerable parts of the capital.
She also warned Bangkokians, particularly those living in the north and east of the city, to move their valuables to higher ground.
Nong Chok, Klong Sam Wa, Lat Krabang and Min Buri districts are regarded as most vulnerable, especially when heavy rain and high sea tides are expected to coincide between Oct 20 and 24, said Phiraphong Saichau, a deputy city clerk of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).
A total of 80 evacuation centres with a total capacity of 10,000 people had been set up in nine eastern districts, said Mr Phiraphong.
Sanya Cheenimit, director of the BMA's Drainage and Sewerage Department, said the department was closely monitoring the Chao Phraya River, which has been rising as flood run-off continues to pour in from the upper provinces.
Currently, the department can drain 10-20 million cubic metres of water per day from the Chao Phraya through its sluice gates. If canals in central Bangkok are high, a smaller volume of excess can be drained via the canals.
Adapted from a story by Manop Thip-Osod in today’s Bangkok Post. You can read the full story here: http://bit.ly/rlSr4Y
mattress – the thick soft material that you put on the base of a bed to make it more comfortable ที่นอน
evacuation – moving people from a place of danger to a safer place การอพยพ
shelter – a temporary place to stay ที่พักชั่วคราว
victims – people who are killed injured or harmed in some way from an accident, natural disaster, crime, etc. เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย
waterlogged – so full of water that it cannot hold any more and becomes flooded ซึ่งเต็มไปด้วยน้ำ
partially – in part, but not completely บางส่วน
inundated – flooded ถูกน้ำท่วม, จมลงใต้น้ำ
situation – all the circumstances and things that are happening at a particular time and in a particular place สถานการณ์
run-off – rain, water or other liquid that runs off land into streams and rivers น้ำหลาก
tide – the regular rise and fall of the level of the sea (the tides) ปรากฏการณ์น้ำขึ้นน้ำลง, กระแสน้ำขึ้นน้ำลง
forecast – a statement about what will happen in the future based on information available now พยากรณ์
pleasant – enjoyable or attractive in a way that makes you feel pleased and satisfied ถูกใจ, พอใจ, เพลิดเพลิน
donate – to give something such as money or goods to an organisation, especially to a charity, school, political party, etc. บริจาค
embankment – a slope made of earth or stone that rises up from either side of a road, railway/railroad, river, etc. มูลดิน,ตลิ่งทาง
vulnerable – easily damaged ซึ่งถูกทำลายได้ง่าย
warn – to make someone aware of a possible problem or danger เตือน
particularly – especially, or more than usual โดยเฉพาะ
valuables – small possessions that are worth a lot of money, for example jewellery ของล้ำค่า
coincide – to happen at the same time as something else เกิดขึ้นพร้อมกับ
deputy – a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation รอง
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) – the local government of Bangkok กรุงเทพมหานคร
capacity – the total amount that can be contained ปริมาณสูงสุดที่จะรับได้
drainage – the system of water or waste liquids flowing away from somewhere into the ground or down pipes การระบายน้ำ
sewer – an underground pipe or passage that carries sewage (liquid waste) ท่อน้ำเสีย, ท่อระบายน้ำ
monitor - keep track of ตรวจ, ติดตาม, เฝ้าสังเกต
pour in – to flow in or enter in large amounts ไหลเข้า
currently – at this time; now ในปัจจุบัน
drain – to cause water or fluid to flow out ระบายออก
sluice gate – a gate that can be opened or closed to control the flow water along a passage ประตูน้ำปิดเปิดบังคับการไหลของน้ำในคลอง
volume – an amount of something ปริมาณ
excess – greater than is usual; too much of something มากเกินปริมาณที่พอดี
via – through ผ่าน (ช่องทาง)