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Here is an activity where YOU can present news about the aftermath of the floods in Pak Thong Chai. 

Now here is the news from Pak Thong Chai

This activity is based on a video produced by one of our top photographers and one of our top reporters, Jetjaras Na Ranong and Apinya Wipatayotin.. It was posted to our multimedia section which is a part of the Bangkok Post site. You might want to check out some time.

The video is a report on the aftermath of the flood in the Pak Thong Chai district of Nakhon Ratchasima province. If you have been following our flood stories, you will we be familiar with many of the places and people shown in the video.

The video will be very easy for you to understand. The reason is that, except for the introduction, the people speak only Thai. There are English subtitles, but if you know Thai it is difficult to pay much attention to them.

I suggest you watch the video once now and then come back to make this an all-English activity. (Incidentally, the introduction is read by Arglit Boonyai who speaks with a British accent. Later in the activity you will hear me with my American accent.)

Practicing to become a television presenter

Let’s make this an all-English video. That means that you will have to read the script yourself as you watch the video. To make this a little easier for you, I have read the entire script for you to listen to. Then turn off the sound of the video and read the script as the video plays.

Notice that the subtitles are not a direct translation of what was said. They are a shortened version. You might want to add a few sentences to make the translation more complete.

Listen to the sound file and then go back to the video, turn off the sound and become a television presenter.

Click button to listen to Pak Thong Chai and rightclick to download

Picking Up the Pieces: Pak Thong Chai

Pak Thong Chai district in Nakhon Ratchasima was the first area to feel the effects of the flooding that began in October. Because the area is not normally susceptible to such deluge, it was not well prepared to deal with damage the water brought with it. Now the waters have receded and the damage has been assessed, and the community can start to rebuild.

Pheeraphong Sanhongchart, Asst district chief

0:23 This year’s flooding in Pak Thong Chai district is one of the most severe floods in history. 0:29  Some of the elderly in the neighbourhood said they have never seen such a devastating flood. 0:36 Now our focus is on cleaning the flood-hit areas. 0:48 Some business and home owners are handling the cleaning themselves. 0:54 Local administrators also provide assistance in some cases.

Jakkarin Lungsangthong, Deputy director, St Mary’s Hospital

1:03 The entire first floor needs to be fixed after the flooding. 1:17 the hospital’s walls, garden, medical equipment 1:22 and the areas outside the hospital need a major overhaul. 1:26 The whole waste water treatment system was badly damaged 1:35 but the repairs should be complete by November 15.

Surapol Paweenaporn, Business owner

1:43 This photo printing machine was written off. 1:48 We had actually built a 1.5 metre brick wall for flood protection. 1:58 Unfortunately the wall and all the sand bags collapsed. 2:02 So the waters gushed into the house. 2:05 We might need to buy a second-hand machine 2:14 which costs around 1 million baht.

Khunpol Thongalam, Villager

2:18 At 8am, the water level increased so rapidly. 2:23 At 1am, the house went completely under water. 2: 30 I couldn’t really prepare so I had to jump into the water. 2:41 My house’s foundation was very low. 2:51  They said they will help to build new cement poles. 2:58 but I have no idea when they will be finished.

Piyapong Thiyaprasertkul, Farmer

3:04 After the harvest, I will need to increase the height of the soil to reduce water stagnation. 3:13 I am thinking about starting a cassava plantation. 3:19 with an elevated ditch to increase water flow. 3:26 For corn and cassava plantations, normally farmers will receive compensation of 900 baht per rai.

Somjintana Polchimplee, Farmer

3:37 I feel so hopeless. 3:45 The best we can do is to encourage and support each other and our families 3:54 so that we are strong enough to fight and live on. 4:00 Now we have to focus on rebuilding the things that have been ruined.

susceptible – easily influenced or affected by something อ่อนแอ,หวั่นไหวง่าย
deluge – a sudden, very heavy rainfall or a sudden flow of a large amount of water ฝนตกหนัก น้ำปริมาณมาก
recede – to move back; to move further away into the distance; subside ลดลง, ถอยหลัง
assess – to carefully consider a situation, person, or problem in order to make a judgment ประเมิณสถานการณ์
severe – very serious and unpleasant รุนแรง
elderly – (of people) old สูงวัย, อาวุโส, อายุมาก
neighbourhood – a particular area of a city or town ละแวก, ย่าน
devastating – damaging or destroying affecting a large area or a lot of people ทำลายล้าง, ทำให้เสียหายอย่างรุนแรง
administrator – someone whose job is to manage a business, organisation, or institution ผู้บริหาร, ผู้บริหารกิจการ
assistance – help; aid ความช่วยเหลือ
overhaul – improving something so that every part of it works properly ปรับปรุงใหม่
treatment – a process in which a substance is put on something, for example in order to preserve or clean it
repair – fixing something that is broken or damaged การซ่อมบำรุง
write off – to accept that something is so damaged that it cannot be repaired – a process in which a substance is put on something, for example in order to preserve or clean it ตีค่าเป็นศูนย์
unfortunately – unlucky โชคร้าย, เคราะห์ไม่ดี
collapse – falling down suddenly พังลงมา  ล้ม
gush – (of a liquid) to flow quickly and in large quantities พุ่ง, ไหลออก
foundation – the part of a structure of a building that is below the ground and supports the rest of it รากฐาน
pole – a long thin stick, or piece of wook, often used for holding or supporting something  เสา, หลัก, คาน
harvest – the activity of collecting a crop, in this case a rice crop การเก็บเกี่ยวผลผลิต
soil – the substance on the surface of the Earth in which plants grow ดิน
stagnation – a situation where water does not flow and it begins to smell bad
cassava – a tropical plant with roots that can be cooked and eaten or made into flour มันสำปะหลัง
plantation – a large farm where crops such as tea, coffee, cotton, sugar or, in this case, trees, are grown ไร่ นาขนาดใหญ่
elevated – raised above the ground, or higher than the surrounding area ซึ่งอยู่ในระดับที่สูงกว่าสิ่งอื่น
ditch - a long narrow open channel dug into the ground usually at the side of a road or field, which is used especially for supplying or removing water, or for dividing land คูน้ำ
compensation – money that someone receives because something bad has happened to them  เงินชดเชย
encourage – to cause someone to have more confidence or hope about something ทำให้มีกำลังใจ

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