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Khlong Prapa scare

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Early this morning residents in the Chaeng Wattana area were given a scare when water started overflowing the Khlong Prapa canal which supplies raw water for the Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA). 


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A concerned-looking prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra was quickly on the scene hours to find out what happened.


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Khlong Prapa scare

Early this morning residents in the Chaeng Wattana area were given a scare when water started overflowing  the Khlong Prapa canal which supplies raw water for the Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA).

Many began gathering their belongings to take to higher ground believing the great flood of Bangkok might have begun.

A concerned-looking prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra was on the scene hours later trying to find out what happened.

This morning Bangkok governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra said floodwaters which surged into Khlong Prapa and also overflowed into Rama 6 road was caused by an out-of-order watergate of the MWA.

The BMA had helped fix the watergate and drained water out into nearby canals, he said.

The government's Flood Relief Operations Centre (FROC) on Thursday issued a statement that the MWA had asked for assistance from the Armed Forces Development Command to stop the flow of floodwaters into Khlong Prapa.

FROC spokesman Wim Rungwattanachinda said the BMA's Drainage and Sewerage Department had also pumped water into Khlong Sam Sen, Khlong Bang Khen and Khlong Bang Sue to reduce the amount of water in Khlong Prapa.

MWA governor Charoen Passara said what happened would not affect the agency's tap water production and quality.

He said the floodwaters that surged into Khlong Prapa late last night were from Thammasat University's Rangsit campus and Nava Nakorn Industrial Estate.

Adapted from a story on bangkokpost.com

scare – a situation that makes people suddenly feel worried or frightened about something ความหวาดกลัว, ความตื่นตระหนก
residents – people who live in a particular area ประชาชนที่อาศัยในท้องที่
overflow  – (of a river or body of water)  to flood the land next to it ไหลล้น
raw – in its natural state; not yet changed, used or made into something else ดิบ
metropolitan waterworks authority – The department in charge of providing clean, safe drinking water to a city การประปานครหลวง
gather – to search for and find things that you need or want รวบรวม
belongings – the things you own ข้าวของเครื่องใช้
concerned – worried about something   มีความกังวล
scene – site; a place where something happens or happened สถานที่เกิดเหตุ
surge – to increase very quickly เพิ่มขึ้นอย่างรวดเร็ว
out-of-order – not working properly ซึ่งไม่สามารถใช้งานได้
drain – to cause water or fluid to flow out ระบายออก
Flood Relief Operations Centre – the government's centre for assisting flood victims ศูนย์ปฎิบัติการช่วยเหลือผู้ประสบอุทกภัย(ศปภ)
assistance – help; aid ความช่วยเหลือ
flow – the continuous movement of a liquid in one direction การไหล
sewer – an underground pipe or passage that carries sewage (liquid waste) ท่อน้ำเสีย, ท่อระบายน้ำ
reduce – to make something smaller or less in amount, size, importance etc ลดลง
tap water – water that is sent through pipes into building น้ำประปา
production – the process of growing or making food, goods or materials, especially large quantities การผลิต
quality – the standard of something when it is compared to other things like it; how good or bad something is คุณภาพ
industrial estate – an area of land where industrial companies have their buildings นิคมอุตสาหกรรม

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