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Floods hit provinces bordering Burma

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It's the flood season, so you are likely to see many more stories like this one in the coming weeks. 

A house at Ban Tako Lang in Ratchaburi’s Suan Phung district collapses yesterday in heavy rainfall and wind. Residents of several other villages remain trapped after bridges were swept away in the flooding. SUNANT OCHAKACHORN

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Thousands brace for flash floods

Weather officials are warning people in the central, eastern and upper southern regions to brace for flash floods as heavy rains continue to wreak havoc in provinces bordering Burma.

People in Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram, Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan have been warned of potential flooding.

Torsak Wanitkhachorn, a deputy chief of the Meteorological Department, said widespread rainfall covering many parts of the country was caused by a depression located yesterday about 200km east of Mukdahan in the Northeast.

The downpours have caused flash floods in many areas, particularly in Ratchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan and Phetchaburi, which share a border with Burma.

Forty tourists were stranded on Sunday night in Ratchaburi’s Suan Phung district at a hillside resort after a bridge was damaged by torrential streams.

Local Red Cross officials had to set up a wire sling across the Lam Pha Chi River to transport food and drinking water to the group at Country Hill Resort yesterday morning.

The group was rescued later in the day.

The floods also affected other tourist resorts and homes in the district. Several residential and farming areas were also submerged in Pak Tho district, in the same province.

Ratchaburi provincial administration declared eight tambons of the district a disaster zone and was accelerating rescue operations there.

In nearby Kanchanaburi, the overflow from the Lam Pha Chi River from Ratchaburi’s Suan Phung district flooded several areas of Dan Makhamtei district.

About 200 houses and 3,000 rai of farmland were inundated.

In Muang district of Kanchanaburi, 100 houses and about 5km of railway is under water because of the rains. The train service was disrupted temporarily as a result.

In Phetchaburi, Tha Yang, Ban Lat, and Muang districts were yesterday under half a metre of water. Phetkasem Highway, the main road linking Bangkok with the southern region, was also flooded and open only to large vehicles.

The local highway office yesterday decided to break up the concrete barrier in the middle of the highway to allow the flood water to drain into the sea.

Weather forecasters said the flooding would continue today.

The meteorologists predicted cooler weather later this month.

A cold spell is expected to reach Thailand and affect temperatures from Oct 23. This would cause a drop in the temperature to 16C to 18C — about half a degree to one degree lower than for the same period last year.

collapse – to suddenly fall down ล้มลง
trapped – to be in a dangerous or unpleasant situation from which it is difficult or impossible to escape ถูกกับดัก
sweep away – to destroy or to completely remove something พัดพาไป (ตามลมหรือน้ำ)
brace – to get ready for something unpleasant เตรียม
flash flood – a flood that happens suddenly without warning น้ำที่เกิดท่วมในที่ต่ำโดยฉับพลันทันทีและไหลลดลงอย่างรวดเร็ว
wreak havoc – to cause something bad to happen in a violent and often uncontrolled way ทำให้เกิด ความเสียหายอย่างรุนแรง, ทำให้เกิดความหายนะ
border – to be next to another country or region มีเขตแดนติดต่อกับ
potential – possible ความเป็นไปได้
Meteorological Department – the government department in charge of determining what the weather will be in the future กรมอุตุนิยมวิทยา
widespread – happening or existing in many places, or affecting many people อย่างแพร่หลาย , แพร่ไปทั่ว
depression – an area where the air pressure is low, often causing heavy rain พายุดีเปรสชัน
downpour –a lot of rain in a short time ฝนตกหนักมาก, พายุฝน
stranded – left somewhere with no way of going anywhere else ปล่อยเกาะ ถูกทิ้งไว้
torrential – (of rain or moving water) extremely heavy ซึ่งไหลเชี่ยว
stream – a small narrow river ลำธาร, ธารน้ำ, สายน้ำ
sling – a set of belts and ropes used for supporting something heavy while it is being lifted or transported ห่วงเชือก สายหนัง หรือโซ่สำหรับดึงรั้งของหนัก
rescue – to save someone form a dangerous or unpleasant situation ช่วยชีวิต
residential area – a place where people live
submerged – under water  จมน้ำ อยู่ใต้น้ำ
disaster – something very bad that happens and causes a lot of damage  ความหายนะ
zone – an area that has an important or typical feature; an area where a particular activity is allowed or not allowed พื้นที่, บริเวณ, เขต
accelerate – to cause to happen more quickly เร่ง
operation – a planned activity involving a lot of people การปฏิบัติการ, การดำเนินการ
overflow – (of a river or body of water)  flooding the land next to it การไหลล้น
inundated – flooded ถูกน้ำท่วม, จมลงใต้น้ำ
disrupted – interrupted and prevented from continuing smoothly by creating problems ขัดขวาง
link – to connect เชื่อม
concrete – a hard substance used in building made by mixing cement, sand, small stones, and water คอนกรีต
barrier – a bar gate or structure that stops people, animals or vehicles from entering a place  สิ่งกีดขวางทางผ่าน
drain – to get rid of the water in an area of land ระบายออก
temporarily – for a limited period of time ชั่วคราว
forecaster – someone whose job is to make a statement about what is likely to happen, especially relating to the weather นักพยากรณ์(อากาศ)
meteorologist – a scientist who studies the weather and makes predictions นักอุตุนิยมวิทยา
predict – to say that an event or action will happen in the future, especially as a result of knowledge or experience คาดการณ์ว่า พยากรณ์จากสถิติว่า
spell – a period of time when there is a particular type of weather ช่วงเวลาที่มีอากาศลักษณะใดลักษณะหนึ่่ง

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