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Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had an unwelcome visitor to her residence in the Bung Kum district of Bangkok. Things, however, have begun to improve in neighbouring Pathum Thani.
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Flood approaches PM’s home
The first flood water is seen outside the home of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Photo from kapook.com
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had an unwelcome visitor to her residence in the Bung Kum district of Bangkok.
The first flood water began collecting in front of her house. Reports said it was about 30 centimetres deep, but it had not yet flowed into the house as it was held back by a sandbag wall.
The water’s arrival is not surprising since Bung Kum is quite near the Bang Chan industrial estate which is surrounded by water and fighting to stay dry on the inside.
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration yesterday also declared parts of the prime minister's district evacuation areas.
Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra said the areas are in Nuan Chan and Khlong Kum sub-districts.
People in these areas are advised to move – taking their valuables, cars and other items – to an evacuation centre or a safe place. It is especially important to evacuate children, pregnant women, sick people and the elderly.
The news wasn't all bad yesterday, however. In the neighbouring province of Pathum Thani, the flood level was slowly falling and there were high expectations in the community that the area would return to normal in about 10 days.
Flood levels have receded by about 50cm and are continuing to drop.
The water has receded significantly on Pathum Thani-Bangkok Road, a main road linking the province with northern and eastern Bangkok.
Three bus lines have resumed services on this route but smaller cars are still advised to wait until the flood situation has further improved.
Floodwaters in several housing projects in Pathum Thani's Muang district have receded by about 20 centimetres, raising hopes that the overall situation will be back to normal in about 10 days.
By then all roads in the province should be dry, with only a few low-lying parts still holding water.
Adapted from a story from bangkokpost.com
approach – to move closer to someone or something เข้าใกล้
unwelcome – ไม่เป็นที่ต้องการ
residence – a place where someone lives ที่อยู่อาศัย บ้านพัก
collect – to gradually increase in amount in a place ค่อยๆ เพิ่มขึ้น
flow – (of a liquid) to move continuously in one direction ไหล
arrival – when someone/soemthing reaches where they are going ขาเข้า การเข้ามา
industrial estate – an area of land where industrial companies have their buildings นิคมอุตสาหกรรม
surrounded – having something completely around all sides ถูกล้อมรอบ
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) – the local government of Bangkok กรุงเทพมหานคร
declare – to announce officially that something is true or happening ประกาศ ยืนยัน
evacuation – moving people from a place of danger to a safer place การอพยพ
advise – to tell somebody what you think they should do in a particular situation แนะนำ, แจ้ง
valuables – small possessions that are worth a lot of money, for example jewellery ของล้ำค่า
item – a single article or object รายการ, รายการสิ่งของ
pregnant – having a baby developing inside the body ท้อง ตั้งครรภ์
elderly – (of people) old สูงวัย, อาวุโส, อายุมาก
neighbouring – located or living near or next to a place or person ที่อยู่ใกล้เคียง, ที่ตั้งอยู่ใกล้เคียง
level – the amount of liquid that there is in a container, river, dam, etc., which can be seen by how high the liquid is ระดับ
expectations – the belief that something will happen สิ่งที่คาดหวังว่าจะเกิดขึ้นในอนาคต
community – the people living in one particular area ชุมชน
normal – typical, usual or ordinary; what you would expect ภาวะปกติ
recede – to move back; to move further away into the distance; subside ลดลง, ถอยหลัง
significantly – in an important way อย่างมีความหมาย, อย่างสำคัญ
link – to connect เชื่อม
resume – to begin again after stopping for a period of time เริ่มอีกครั้ง, กลับมาอีกครั้ง
route – the roads used to go from one place to another เส้นทาง
situation – all the circumstances and things that are happening at a particular time and in a particular place สถานการณ์
improve – to get better ดีขึ้น
overall – total; including all the things or people that are involved in a particular situation; general ทั้งหมด