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The floods have come early to Phrae with greater damage than the residents are accustomed to. 

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A flash flood has washed away part of a road in tambon Huay Or in Phrae’s Long district. A bridge, and railway tracks have also been swept away by strong forest runoff. Photos by THAWEESAK SUKKHASEM

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Phrae declared disaster zone after strong floods

Homes, supply lines, public services hit hard

PHRAE : Authorities declared Phrae a disaster zone after parts of it were badly hit by flash floods and forest runoff.

Three days of heavy rain flooded hundreds of residents' homes, cut off supply lines and crippled public services.

Three Long district tambons – Ban Pin, Huay Or and Hua Thung – were hit hard by floods during pre-dawn hours yesterday, with 400 families affected.

In tambon Ban Pin flash floods and forest runoff cut off a 15 metre long section of railway and inundated hundreds of villagers' homes.

A local train service from Den Chai station to the North was halted yesterday as railroad staff checked bridges and tunnels in the area for damage.

About 1,000 rai of corn plantations and rice fields were also submerged in 1-1.5 metres of water.

In tambon Huay Or, forest runoff had swollen the Huay Mae Kiam canal to the point of overflowing its banks into Moo 3 village, killing hundreds of villagers' livestock animals.

Many fish in ponds were also swept away during the deluge.

Here’s a view from where the main break in the bridge occurred.

A 20m-long bridge connecting Ban Mae Kiam and Ban Mae Chong Fai in the tambon collapsed and a 30m section of Wat Salang road was badly damaged during the flash floods.

In tambon Hua Thung, forest runoff in Huay Yab canal flowed over into a temple and hit hundreds of homes.

The floods destroyed two bridges in the area.

Kasem Watthanatham, Phrae governor, ordered his staff to provide immediate help to flood victims.

Mr Kasem said Phrae faced flooding every year but this year's flood was much worse than anything the province had experienced in previous years.

He said the authorities had neither inspected the damage, nor assured those affected by the floods that they were entitled to compensation.

Meanwhile, His Majesty the King delivered disaster relief packages via the army to flood victims in Ranong province yesterday.

Ranong was badly hit by floods about a week ago, following heavy monsoon rains, affecting thousands of families.

The Meteorogical Department yesterday warned residents in high-risk areas in the North, the upper Northeast and the South to be on alert for possible flooding.

flash flood – a flood that happens suddenly without warning น้ำที่เกิดท่วมในที่ต่ำโดยฉับพลันทันทีและไหลลดลงอย่างรวดเร็ว
sweep away – to destroy or to completely remove something พัดพาไป (ตามลมหรือน้ำ)
runoff – rainfall that cannot be taken in by the soil and which flows into rivers, lakes or the sea น้ำหลาก, ปริมาณของเหลวที่ไหลออก
declare – to announce officially ประกาศ
disaster – something very bad that happens and causes a lot of damage or kills a lot of people  ความหายนะ  ภัยพิบัติ
zone – an area that has an important or typical feature; an area where a particular activity is allowed or not allowed พื้นที่, บริเวณ, เขต
public service – something that is done to help people rather than to make a profit การบริหารประชาชน, กิจการของข้าราชกา
state authorities – the people in official government organisations who have the legal power to make decisions เจ้าหน้าที่ของรัฐ
residents – people who live in a particular area ประชาชนที่อาศัยในท้องที่
crippled – damaged and prevented from working properly ที่พัง ที่ใช้การไม่ได้
dawn – the beginning of the day, when it begins to get light รุ่งอรุณ, เช้าตรู่
section – any of the parts into which something is divided ส่วน, ส่วนที่ตัดออก, ส่วนย่อย
inundate – to flood; to submerge ท่วม, ทำให้จมลงใต้น้ำ
local – in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about  ท้องถิ่น
halt – to stop หยุด
tunnel – an underground passage through which vehicles travel อุโมงค์
plantation – a large farm where crops such as tea, coffee, cotton, sugar or trees, are grown ไร่ นาขนาดใหญ่
submerge – to cause to be under water  ทำให้จมน้ำ ทำให้อยู่ใต้น้ำ
swollen – larger or fuller than normal  ขยายใหญ่,พองตัว,บวม
overflow – (of a river or body of water)  to flood the land next to it เอ่อล้น, ไหลล้น
bank – a raised area of land along the side of a river  ริมฝั่งแม่น้ำ
livestock – animals such as cows, sheep, chickens and pigs that are kept on farms ปศุสัตว์
pond – a small area of still water, especially one that is artificial บ่อน้ำ, สระน้ำ
deluge – a sudden, very heavy rainfall or a sudden flow of a large amount of water ฝนตกหนัก น้ำปริมาณมาก
collapse – to fall down suddenly พังลงมา  ล้ม, พังครืน
flow – (of a liquid) to move continuously in one direction ไหล
immediate – happening or done now, without any delay ทันทีทันใด
victim – someone who has been affected by a bad situation, such as a disaster, illness or an accident เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย
inspect – to look at something carefully ตรวจสอบ
assure – to tell someone that something is true or will definitely happen ให้ความมั่นใจ, ยืนยัน
entitled – having the right to have or do something  มีสิทธิโดยชอบ
compensation – money that someone receives because something bad has happened to them  เงินชดเชย
relief – money, food, medicine etc. that is given to help people in places where there has been a natural disaster, war, etc. เครื่องบรรเทาสาธารณภัย
via – through  ผ่าน
monsoon – the seasonal changes Asian countries during which winds shift bringing more rain (southwest monsoon) and less rain(northeast monsoon)  มรสุม
Meteorological Department – the government department in charge of determining what the weather will be in the future กรมอุตุนิยมวิทยา
on alert – ready to deal with a dangerous situation เตรียมพร้อม อย่างเต็มที่

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