The situation is bad but it is not quite as bad as we thought, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said yesterday. Things may begin to improve within the next few days.
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The Provincial Electricity Authority cut off electricity to Wat Na Wong, Rangsit University, Bandit Mansion and Muang Ake Village 1 to 9 in Pathum Thani's Muang district, due to the high level of floodwaters.
Size of flood threat downscaled
Smaller mass of water heading to city than first feared
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra believes the overall flood situation in Bangkok will improve in the next few days although floodwaters have begun to spread to fresh areas in the capital.
The prime minister yesterday said the volume of run-off spreading from the north of Bangkok to the capital's inner areas is less than expected, although the overall water mass is still substantial.
She said the Flood Relief Operations Centre (Froc) and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration are working together to drain floodwaters into Khlong Thawi Wattana and Khlong Saen Saep.
She said a close watch is being kept on sea tides over the next few days and authorities would speed up the drainage of water to the sea.
"The situation should improve after Monday," she said.
Anond Snidvongs, director of the Geoinformatics and Space Technology Development Agency, said the authorities could drain up to 70% of northern run-off reaching the capital of 200-300 million cubic metres per day. This would cause rising water levels of five centimetres a day on average.
The situation will carry on for about four weeks before stabilising.
Floods are still hitting Bangkok in the north, the west and the east.
Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra yesterday said floods are threatening Wang Thong Lang, Lat Phrao and Chatuchak districts, which have been placed under special watch.
Khlong Lat Phrao has now overflowed and inundated canalside communities in Wang Hin and Saphan Lek in Lat Phrao. The water in those areas is between five to 10cm high.
On Phahon Yothin Road, overflow from Don Muang reached Wat Phra Sri Mahathat in Bang Khen.
There are now 10,794 evacuees at 84 shelters in 22 districts of the capital. Officials have identified 225 gathering points in the event Bangkok residents will have to leave the capital.
Bangkok's western side, seen here from a US Navy helicopter, is one of the worst-hit parts of the capital, and could remain flooded for up to a month. (Photo by US Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jennifer Villalovos)
Floodwaters have continued to rise in Thon Buri. Residents are evacuating from Thawi Watthana district.
Heavy floods are also forcing City Hall to prepare to evacuate residents from some areas of Taling Chan district after overflow from Khlong Maha Sawat inundated part of the Suan Pak area.
Meanwhile, families forced out of their homes by floods and seeking temporary accommodation complain of limited supply and say city landlords are exploiting the situation by tying tenants to unfair lease conditions.
Some flood victims are even resorting to camping in dry areas due to the scarcity of suitable accommodation.
Kor, who did not provide his full name, said he wanted to rent a condominium unit in the Sutthisan area for a family friend whose house had been flooded but felt the contract was unreasonable.
He said the monthly rate of 15,000 baht a month was acceptable, but the owner also demanded that tenants put down a three-month deposit and sign a six-month lease.
Tenants moving out before the end of the six months would forfeit the 45,000 baht deposit.
"This is taking advantage of people in distress, which is outrageous," Mr Kor said.
threat – a danger อันตราย
downscale – to reduce the size or importance of something ลดขนาดหรือความสำคัญของบางสิ่งบางอย่าง
mass – a large amount of something ปริมาณมาก
overall – total; including all the things or people that are involved in a particular situation; general ทั้งหมด
situation – all the circumstances and things that are happening at a particular time and in a particular place สถานการณ์
improve – to get better ดีขึ้น
spread – to gradually affect or cover a larger area แพร่กระจาย
volume – an amount of something ปริมาณ
run-off – rain, water or other liquid that runs off land into streams and rivers น้ำหลาก
substantial – large in size, value or importance มากมาย, ยิ่งใหญ่, สำคัญ
Flood Relief Operations Centre – the government's centre for assisting flood victims ศูนย์ปฎิบัติการช่วยเหลือผู้ประสบอุทกภัย(ศปภ)
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) – the local government of Bangkok กรุงเทพมหานคร
tide – the regular rise and fall of the level of the sea (the tides) ปรากฏการณ์น้ำขึ้นน้ำลง, กระแสน้ำขึ้นน้ำลง
drainage – the process of taking away of water or other liquids from an area การระบายน้ำ
geoinformatics – the science and the technology which develops and uses information science to address the problems of geography, geosciences and related branches of engineering
authorities – people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
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
on average – calculated by adding several amounts together, finding a total, and dividing the total by the number of amounts โดยเฉลี่ย
stabilise – to reach a state where there are no longer any major changes or problems ทำให้มีเสถียรภาพ
threaten – to be likely to harm or destroy something เป็นลางร้าย
overflow – (of a river or body of water) to flood the land next to it ไหลล้น
inundate – to flood; to submerge ท่วม, ทำให้จมลงใต้น้ำ
community – the people living in one particular area ชุมชน
evacuee – a person who leaves a place of danger ผู้อพยพ
gather – to come together in a group รวมกลุ่ม, รวมตัวกัน, จับกลุ่มกัน, ชุมนุม
in the event – if; if something happens ถ้ามีบางสิ่งเกิดขึ้น
residents – people who live in a particular area ประชาชนที่อาศัยในท้องที่
capital – the most important town or city of a country, usually where the central government operates from เมืองหลวง
evacuate – to leave a place because it is not safe อพยพออกจากพื้นที่
temporary accommodation – a place for someone to stay, live, or work for a short period of time ที่พักชั่วคราว
limited – not much or enough; not very great in amount or extent จำกัด
landlord – a person or organisation that owns a building or an area of land and is paid by other people for the use of it เจ้าของที่ดิน
exploit – to treat someone unfairly in order to get some benefit for yourself หาประโยชน์จาก
tenant – a person who pays rent for the use of a room, building, land, etc. to the person who owns it ผู้เช่า
lease – a legal agreement in which you pay money in order to use a building, piece of land, vehicle, etc. for a period of time สัญญาเช่า
condition – something that must be done before another thing can happen เงื่อนไข
victims – people who are killed injured or harmed in some way from an accident, natural disaster, crime, etc. เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย
resort to – to do something extreme or unpleasant in order to solve a problem ใช้มาตรการรุนแรงในการแก้ปัญหา ยุติปัญหา
scarcity – when there is not enough of something and it is difficult to obtain it ความขาดแคลน, ความไม่เพียงพอ
suitable – acceptable or right for someone or something เหมาะสม
unreasonable – not fair; expecting too much เกินกว่าเหตุ, มากเกินไป, ไม่เหมาะสม
deposit - a sum of money which is given in advance as part of a total payment for something เงินมัดจำ
forfeit – to lose something or have something taken away from you because you have done something wrong สูญเสียของจากการถูกปรั
take advantage – to use (often unfairly) for your own benefit เอาเปรียบ, หาประโยชน์ใส่ตัว
distress – a feeling that you have when you are very unhappy, worried or upset ความกังวลใจ
outrageous – very shocking and unacceptable ซึ่งฝ่าฝืน, ซึ่งทำให้เจ็บแค้นใจ