A tropical depression is heading for Thailand. Flooding is possible in several parts of the country, but with dam levels still quite low, a repeat of 2011 is not expected.
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Storm clouds are gathering over Vietnam and the Northeast is bracing for a drenching. This is not 2011, however, and the country actually needs rain, especially above the major dams. As of yesterday, the water level at King Bhumibol dam was only 40% of capacity and the Queen Sirikit dam stood at 56%. Weather map from wunderground.com
Northeast braces for more flash flooding
A tropical depression in the South China Sea is threatening to hit Thailand today and tomorrow, raising concerns over flash floods, especially in Ubon Ratchathani and the lower Northeast.
Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi voiced particular concern for Ubon Ratchathani, one of the first provinces in the Northeast likely to be affected by any downpours.
Although Mr Plodprasop said he expected the depression would also hit the North and the Central Plains, he was confident there would not be a repeat of the 2011 flood that ravaged much of the country including Bangkok.
The depression was forecast to make landfall in Vietnam today before moving in a westerly direction over Laos.
It is predicted to lash Thailand's Northeast tomorrow.
Ubon Ratchathani is expected to be hit severely, as are Mukdahan and Amnat Charoen and the eastern provinces, according to the Meteorological Department.
Stormy weather is forecast to continue until Saturday.
More rainfall is also expected in Bangkok. City officials will drain canals and prepare pumps in areas that are prone to flooding.
Adisak Khanti, chief of the city's Drainage and Sewerage Department, said officials have also built temporary flood walls along the banks of the Chao Phraya River.
In Ayutthaya, riverside communities have seen a rise in flood water. This was the situation in parts of Bang Ban yesterday morning after heavy rains. SUNTHORN PONGPAO
In Ayutthaya, riverside communities have seen a rise in flood water in districts including Bang Ban after heavy rains.
Flooding was one metre deep in some areas and is rising by about 30 centimetres a day, said Chatri Yuprasoet, deputy head of Ayutthaya Provincial Administration Organisation.
The situation is worrying for villagers as their banana farms are at risk.
Many residents were forced to move their belongings to higher ground and to the sides of local roads, he said.
Elsewhere, heavy rainfall has triggered run-off from the Wang Thong mountain range and flooded sections of the Phitsanulok-Lom Sak Highway.
The flood forced the closure of the road after resulting subsidence left a 15-metre-wide hole in the highway.
In Phichit's Sam Ngam district, the Yom River has burst its banks, inundating 20 homes in tambon Rang Nok.
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at risk: in danger - ตกอยู่ในความเสี่ยง
bank: a raised area of land along the side of a river (or canal) - ริมฝั่งแม่น้ำ
belongings: the things you own - ข้าวของเครื่องใช้
brace for: to get ready for something unpleasant - เตรียมรับมือ
burst its banks (of a river): to flood; to have water go over the sides - ล้นตลิ่ง
capacity: the total amount or number that can be contained - ปริมาณสูงสุดที่จะรับได้
community: the people living in one particular area - ชุมชน
concern: a worry - ความกังวล
confident: certain; having trust in people, plans, or the future - มั่นใจ
depression: an area where the air pressure is low, often causing heavy rain - พายุดีเปรสชัน
deputy: a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง
downpour: a lot of rain in a short time - ฝนตกหนักมาก, พายุฝน
drain: to cause water or fluid to flow out - ระบายออก
drainage: the process of taking away of water or other liquids from an area - การระบายน้ำ
drench: to make completely wet - ทำให้เปียกโชก
elsewhere: another place or other places - ที่อื่น
flash flood: a flood that happens suddenly without warning - น้ำที่เกิดท่วมในที่ต่ำโดยฉับพลันทันทีและไหลลดลงอย่างรวดเร็ว
forecast: to say what you think will happen in the future based on information that you have now - ทำนาย, ทาย, พยากรณ์
gather: to come together in a group - รวมกลุ่ม, รวมตัวกัน, จับกลุ่มกัน, ชุมนุม
inundate: to flood; to submerge - ท่วม, ทำให้จมลงใต้น้ำ
landfall: the place where a storm coming from the sea first hits land - การเข้าหาแผ่นดิน
lash: to hit with a lot of force - กระทบอย่างแรง
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
local: in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about - ท้องถิ่น
Meteorological Department: the government department in charge of determining what the weather will be in the future - กรมอุตุนิยมวิทยา
particular: specific - เฉพาะ, จำเพาะ, โดยเฉพาะ
predict: to say that an event or action will happen in the future, especially as a result of knowledge or experience - คาดการณ์ว่า พยากรณ์จากสถิติว่า
prone: to likely to experience a particular problem more often than is usual - ที่มีแนวโน้ม
range: a line or group of mountains or hills - ทิวเขา, แนวเขา, เทือกเขา
ravage: to destroy something or damage it very badly - ทำให้เสียหาย, ทำลาย, ล้างผลาญ
repeat: something that happens again, i.e., which is very similar to a previous happen - การกระทำซ้ำ
resident: a person who lives in a particular area - ผู้ที่อาศัยในท้องที่
run-off: rain, water or other liquid that runs off land into streams and rivers - น้ำหลาก
section: any of the parts into which something is divided - ส่วน
severely: very seriously - อย่างรุนแรง
sewerage: the system by which sewage (liquid waste) is carried away from houses, factories, etc. and is cleaned and made safe by adding chemicals to it - การระบายของเสียออกทางท่อระบาย
situation: all the circumstances and things that are happening at a particular time and in a particular place - สถานการณ์
subsidence: the process by which an area of land sinks to a lower level than normal, or by which a building sinks into the ground - การทรุดตัวลง
temporary: done or used for only a limited period of time, i.e., not permanent - ชั่วคราว
threaten: to put at risk; to put in danger - ทำให้ตกอยู่ในความเสี่ยง
trigger: to cause - ก่อให้เกิด กระตุ้น
tropical: relating to the hottest area of the Earth, between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn - ในเขตร้อน
voice: to express your feelings or opinions - ออกความคิด
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