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Mon bridge: Villagers rebuild with bamboo

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Thai & Mon villages unite, rebuild longest wooden bridge in Thailand in 6 days with bamboo. 

The newly completed floating bridge links the two banks of Song Kalia River in Kanchanaburi, after the Saphan Mon bridge collapsed. (Photo from Pakon Homchoti facebook)

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Villages team up to build floating bamboo bridge

23/08/2013 

Piyarach Chongcharoen

KANCHANABURI - When a bridge over the river connecting their villages collapsed, people in Sangkhla Buri decided to build their own floating bridge from bamboo - and the new longest wooden bridge in Thailand was completed on Thursday.

It is still  not clear when the "real" bridge, said to have collapsed because of a weed build-up, will be repaired.

More than 500 residents of tambon Nong Lu in Sangkha Buri district spent six days building the floating bridge following the collapse of the Saphan Mon bridge. 

The raft stretches across 450m of the river, from one bank to the other. It was initially expected to take take two to three weeks to complete, but the people in the two villages, Thais and ethnic Mon people, were determined to show they were a united community and finished the job in record time, Pakorn Noikate, mayor of tambon Wang Ka Municipality, said.

Saphan Mon, the country's longest wooden bridge, was brought down on July 28 by a build-up of weeds around the support struts said to have been caused by strong currents during heavy rains in Sangkhla Buri on July 28.

The 850m-long bridge, including approaches, spanned the Song Kalia River and linked Moo 2 and Moo 3 in tambon Nong Lu. 

Its collapse devastated residents of the two communities, adding greatly to their transportation costs .

The floating bridge's construction was under the supervision of the abbot of Wat Sang Wiwekkaram. He also organised the donation of extra bamboo after it was feared there would not be enough to complete the job.

The temporary, floating bridge will be open for public use after its gets a safety clearance.

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Villagers build the floating bridge, in the shadow of the collapsed bridge across the Song Kalia River. (Photo by Piyatach Chongcharoen)

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Vocabulary:

abbot: the head monk at a temple - เจ้าอาวาส

approach: the area near a place, that you go through when you are "approaching" a place - การเข้าใกล้

bamboo: a tree that grows in thick bunches of long green poles - ต้นไผ่, ไม้ไผ่

bank: a raised area of land along the side of a river (or canal) - ริมฝั่งแม่น้ำ

clearance: official permission that allows someone to do something, to go to a particular country, or to be told particular information -

collapse: to fall down suddenly - พังลงมา  ล้ม, พังครืน

collapsed: fell down suddenly - ล้ม ทิ้งตัวลง

community: the people living in one particular area - ชุมชน

complete: to finish something; to bring some project to an end after having done everything successfully - ทำเสร็จ, ทำให้สมบูรณ์

connect: to join together two or more things - เชื่อมต่อ

construction: the work of building or making something, especially buildings, bridges, etc. - การก่อสร้าง

current: a strong movement of water in one direction - กระแสน้ำ

determined: wanting to do something very much and not letting anyone or any difficulties stop you - ตั้งใจจริง, ซึ่งมุ่งมั่น

devastated: badly damaged or destroyed - ถูกทำลายล้าง

devastated : upset and shocked   - ทำให้สะเทือนใจ

donation: money or goods that you give to an organisation, especially one that helps people - เงินหรือสิ่งของบริจาค

ethnic: of a group of people with the same culture or traditions - กลุ่มชาติพันธุ์

float: an object that floats in the water - สิ่งที่ลอยได้ เช่น แพ

initially: at first - ในเบื้องต้น

link: to connect - เชื่อม

linked: connected - เชื่อมต่อ เชื่อมโยง

municipality: a town, city or district with its own local government - เทศบาล

raft: a small light flat boat made of wood, rubber or plastic - แพ เรือแพ

record: the best or most ever achieved - สถิติ

repair: to fix something that is broken or damaged - ซ่อมบำรุง

resident: a person who lives in a particular area - ผู้ที่อาศัยในท้องที่

shadow: the dark shape that somebody/something's form makes on a surface, for example on the ground, when they are between the light and the surface - เงา, ร่มเงา

span: to stretch right across something, from one side to the other - ก้าวข้าม

stretch: to cause something to reach, often as far as possible, in a particular direction - ขยายออก, ยืดออก

supervision: the process of making sure that something is being done properly - การควบคุมดูแล การตรวจตรา

support: preventing something from falling down or decreasing -

team up: join together and unite to work together on a project, to achieve goals - ทำงานร่วมทีม

temporary: done or used for only a limited period of time, i.e., not permanent - ชั่วคราว

transportation: the process of moving people or things from one place to another - การขนส่ง

united: in agreement and working together - เป็นหนึ่งเดียว, มีเอกภาพ

weed: a wild plant growing where it is not wanted, especially among crops or garden plants - วัชพืช

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