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People in the South have been warned to remain on alert for more mudslides and those in the North and the Northeast should expect stormy weather. 

An aerial photo shows the extent of the flooding in Phunphin district of Surat Thani. The district has a lowlying landscape which traps floodwater flowing from other districts to the north and from Nakhon Si Thammarat and Krabi. PATTANAPONG HIRUNARD.

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North, South on high alert

Residents brace for more landslides and storms


The National Disaster Warning Centre has warned people in the South to remain on high alert for more mudslides over the next two days.

The centre said land in several areas has continued to absorb water, leading to continued risk of landslides.

People in the North and the Northeast have also been warned to be on alert for more stormy weather between tomorrow and Thursday.

Residents have been alerted to the threat of thunderstorms and strong winds as a result of a ridge of high pressure expected to move across the regions.

Marine police evacuate residents from flooded communities by boat in Phunphin district of Surat Thani. PATTANAPONG HIRUNARD.

The Public Health Ministry is sending psychiatrists to help victims suffering from stress in the flood-ravaged southern provinces.

Public Health Minister Jurin Laksanavisit said yesterday the ministry had sent mobile medical units to the flood-hit South since March 26.

Fourth Army chief Udomchai Thammasarotrat said yesterday Their Majesties the King and the Queen have donated 500,000 baht to help victims in the South.

The money has been given to the Fourth Army through the army chief, Lt Gen Udomchai said.

Kitti Rattanasombat, director of Tha Sala hospital in Nakhon Si Thammarat, said the hospital reopened yesterday after floodwaters receded. Full service was expected to resume today, he said.

Nisit Sombat, director of Nakhon Si Thammarat airport, said floodwaters there had receded but engineers still needed to check the runway and signalling systems before flights could resume. Mr Nisit said he expected the airport to reopen on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, many villages in Sichon district of Nakhon Si Thammarat have been inundated by mud washed down from the mountains after days of torrential rain. Illegal logging is said to have contributed to the severity of the catastrophe.

Former tambon Saophao chief Prayoon Sae Hao said houses located along the road linking Nakhon Si Thammarat to Surat Thani were flooded by one metre of water.

He said the flooding also destroyed vast areas of his palm and rubber plantations.

Suneeporn Promkhiri, a villager from Ban Ton Liang, said torrential rain on the evening of March 31 triggered flash floods.

Her family had to struggle to get to the second floor of the house while their belongings were washed away.

She said residents living in one-storey houses had to seek refuge at other people's two-storey houses.

Ms Suneeporn added that trees in her 15-rai palm plantation were uprooted.

Thawil Suwanwong, a former agriculture official, blamed the flooding on illegal logging activities and forest encroachment.

He criticised the government and state authorities for promoting the planting of rubber and palm trees and trying to boost their prices.

The higher prices had encouraged people to clear forest areas to grow rubber and palm trees, he said.

But now the rubber and palm plantations have been destroyed by the flooding.

"Nature has taken its revenge," he said.

extent – size; the degree to which something happens or is likely to happen ขนาด ขอบเขต
landscape –  an area of land that has a particular type of appearance ภูมิประเทศ,  ภูมิทัศน์
trap – to keep something such as water, air, gas or energy in a particular place ติดค้าง  ไม่ระบายไปสู่ที่อื่น
flow – (of a liquid) to move continuously in one direction ไหล
(on) alert – ready to deal with a dangerous situation เตรียมพร้อม อย่างเต็มที่
residents – people who live in a particular area ประชาชนที่อาศัยในท้องที่
brace for – to get ready for something unpleasant เตรียมรับมือ
landslide – a mass of rock and earth moving suddenly and quickly down a steep slope แผ่นดินถล่ม
disaster – something very bad that happens and causes a lot of damage or kills a lot of people  ความหายนะ  ภัยพิบัติ
warning – an action or statement telling someone of a possible problem or danger คำเตือน
mudslide – a large amount of mud sliding down a mountain, often destroying buildings and injuring or killing people below ทะเลโคลนที่มาจากภูเขาทำลายบ้านเรือนและผู้คน
absorb – to take in a liquid, gas or other substance form the surface or space around ซึมซับ ดูดกลืน
risk – the possibility that something dangerous or unpleasant might happen ความเสี่ยง
thunderstorm – a storm with thunder and lightning and usually very heavy rain พายุฝน,ฝนตกหนักที่มีพายุและฟ้าแลบ
ridge – a large mass of air
high pressure – a condition of the air which affects the weather when the pressure is higher than average ความกดอากาศสูง
region – a large area of land, usually without exact limits or borders  ภูมิภาค, ขอบเขต, แถบ, บริเวณ
marine police – police who work in or near the sea ตำรวจน้ำ
evacuate – to cause to leave a place because it is not safe เคลื่อนย้ายออกจาก
community – the people living in one particular area ชุมชน
psychiatrist – a doctor who treats people with mental illnesses จิตแพทย์
victims – people who are killed injured or harmed in some way from an accident, natural disaster, crime, etc.
suffer – to be badly affected by a very difficult or unpleasant situation ประสบความลำบาก
stress – great worry caused by a difficult situation, or something which causes this condition ความตึงเครียด, ความเครียด
ravaged – destroyed damaged very badly  ถูกทำลาย, เสียหาย, ถูกล้างผลาญ
mobile – able to move or be moved around ซึ่งเคลื่อนที่ได้ง่าย
donate – to give something such as money or goods to an organisation, especially to a charity, school, political party, etc. บริจาค
recede – to move back; to move further away into the distance ถอยหลัง
resume – to begin again after stopping for a period of time ดำเนินต่อไปใหม่, กลับมาอีกครั้ง
runway – a long narrow strip of ground with a hard surface that an aircraft takes off from and lands on ทางขึ้นลงของเครื่องบิน
meanwhile – at the same time ในเวลาเดียวกัน
inundate – to flood; to submerge ท่วม, ทำให้จมลงใต้น้ำ
torrential rain – extremely heavy rain ฝนไหลเชี่ยว
illegal – against the law  ผิดกฎหมาย
logging – the work of cutting down trees for wood อาชีพการตัดไม้
contribute to – to helped to cause an event or situation ช่วยก่อให้เกิด
severity – seriousness ความรุนแรง
catastrophe – an extremely damaging event เหตุร้ายกาจม ความหายนะ
located – where something is ตั้งอยู่
link – to connect เชื่อม
vast – extremely large in area, size, amount, etc.  กว้างใหญ่, มหาศาล
plantation – a large farm where crops such as tea, coffee, cotton, sugar or, in this case, trees, are grown ไร่ นาขนาดใหญ่
trigger – to cause ก่อให้เกิด กระตุ้น
flash flood – a flood that happens suddenly without warning น้ำที่เกิดท่วมในที่ต่ำโดยฉับพลันทันทีและไหลลดลงอย่างรวดเร็ว
storey – a level in a building ชั้นของตึกหรืออาคาร
refuge – a place where you go to protect yourself from something dangerous or threatening ที่ลี้ภัย ที่หลบภัย
uproot – to pull a whole tree or plant from the ground, including all the roots that grow in the soil ถอนต้นไม้, ถอนราก
encroachment - gradually covering more and more of an area of land การบุกรุก
criticise – to say that you disapprove of somebody/something; to say what you do not like or think is wrong about somebody/something วิจารณ์, ติเตียน,จับผิด
state – government รัฐบาล
authorities – people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
promote – to encourage or support something สนับสนุน
boost – to increase เพิ่ม
encourage – to make someone more likely to do something, or to make something more likely to happen ปลุกใจ
nature – the physical world including all living things as well as the land and the seas  ธรรมชาติ
take revenge – to do something to hurt or punish someone because they have hurt you or someone else  แก้แค้น

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