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Villagers in the Sena district of Ayutthaya living along the Noi river are understandably angry. The dry season has arrived and so have the floods. That’s not supposed to happen. 

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The planks for their wooden walkways are back in use as communities along the Noi River in Sena, Ayutthaya are again experiencing flooding. SUNTHORN PONGPAO


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Dry season flooding

Villagers in Sena Ayutthaya living along the Noi river are understandably perplexed and angry. The dry season has arrived and so have the floods. That’s not supposed to happen.

The latest inundation has nothing to do with the weather. It is apparently the result of water discharges from the Bhumibol and Sirikit dams to reduce water in the dams to prepare for rainfall later in the year.

Criticised earlier for releasing water too slowly, dam operators are now under fire for releasing water at a rate downstream rivers can’t handle.

What is needed, says Bancha Pandi, a 42-year-old Ayutthaya farmer, is for authorities to determine what the appropriate water release rate is so that the run-off will not overly increase water levels in the Chao Phraya River and its tributaries such as the Noi River.

"Please don't let downstream people like us bear the brunt of flooding throughout the year," Mr Bancha said, making a plea to the government.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday promised the government would look into the problem to better regulate water discharges.

Meanwhile, Ayutthaya governor Witthaya Phiewphong said flooding in Sena is not severe. The latest inspection found that overflow from the Noi River caused only a 10cm flood and this encroached deep into the land only 5-10m from the banks.

The main chapel of Wat Pradu Lokachet, in Sena district of Ayutthaya, is being lifted higher as a safeguard against floods. SUNTHORN PONGPAO

One nearby Sena community is not taking any chances, however. Realising that the district will continue to be vulnerable to heavy seasonal flooding, villagers are busy raising the main chapel of Wat Pradu Lokachet high above flood level. The chapel will sit on a new foundation that will make it almost 3 metres higher. Work is expected to finish this month.

Adapted from a story in today's Bangkok Post by Sunthorn Pongpao and Apinya Wipatayotin

plank – a long narrow flat piece of wood or similar material, of the type used for making floors แผ่นกระดานสำหรับปูพื้น
community – the people living in one particular area ชุมชน
perplexed – confused and anxious because you are unable to understand something ซับซ้อน
inundation – flooding น้ำท่วม
apparently – based only on what you have heard or think, not on what you are certain is true; seemingly ตามที่ได้รู้มา
discharge – a liquid that is released น้ำที่ปล่อยออก, น้ำที่ขับออก
reduce – to make something smaller or less in amount, size, importance etc ลดลง
criticised – receiving words of disapproval over something that you have supposedly done wrong ถูกวิจารณ์, โดนว่า
release – to allow a substance to flow out from somewhere ปล่อย
operator – a person or company that runs a business or service ผู้ดำเนินกิจการ
under fire – being criticised strongly ถูกวิจารณ์, โดนว่า
rate – the level or speed at which something happens or changes อัตรา
downstream – in the direction that a river or stream is flowing ตามกระแสน้ำ
handle – to be able deal with a situation ควบคุมได้, จัดการได้
authorities – people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
determine – to discover something by examining evidence to or calculate something กำหนด, ระบุ, แสดงผล
appropriate – suitable or right for a particular situation or purpose  ที่เหมาะสม
run-off – rain, water or other liquid that runs off land into streams and rivers น้ำหลาก
overly – too; very  มากเกิน, เหลือเกิน
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
tributary – a river or stream that flows into a larger river or a lake  แม่น้ำสายย่อย, สาขาของแม่น้ำ
bear the brunt – to receive the main force of something unpleasant รับผลร้าย  แบกรับ
plea – an urgent and emotional request คำร้อง, คำขอ, คำขอร้อง, คำวิงวอน
regulate – to control ควบคุม
severe – very serious and worrying ที่รุนแรง ที่น่าเป็นห่วง
inspection – the act of looking closely at something or someone and to check that everything is as it should be; examination การตรวจสอบ
overflow – (of a river or body of water)  water flooding the land next to it การไหลล้น
encroach – to gradually cover more and more of an area of land ล่วงล้ำ
bank – a raised area of land along the side of a river  ริมฝั่งแม่น้ำ
chapel – a separate part of a temple โบสถ์เล็ก, ห้องสวดมนต์
safeguard – something which protects something/somebody from loss, harm or damage; something which keeps something/somebody safe สิ่งป้องกัน, สิ่งคุ้มกัน
vulnerable – easily damaged or harmed ซึ่งถูกทำลายได้ง่าย
seasonal – typical of or suitable for the time of year ตามฤดูกาล
foundation – supporting structure รากฐาน

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