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As floodwater begins to recede in Prachin Buri, officials consider long-term solutions, including a 52km-long drainage canal. 

This panorama by Sithikorn Wongwudthianun shows the 30-metre break in an irrigation road near Kabin Buri district of Prachinburi province. The break caused a great deal of flooding and has prompted officials to consider much more effective flood defences.

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As floodwater begins to recede in Prachin Buri, officials consider long-term solutions, including a 52km-long canal. PATTANAPONG HIRUNARD

Prachin Buri canal cut flagged

Plodprasop puts cost of drainage route at B3bn

The Water and Flood Management Commission (WFMC) is considering cutting a section of the Khlong Bang Kruan canal through fields in Kabin Buri and Sri Maha Phot districts to drain floodwaters into the Bang Pakong River.

Digging the canal over the 52km-distance proposed would cost about 3 billion baht, Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi, who is also WFMC chairman, said.

Mr Plodprasop, who travelled to inspect the flooding in Prachin Buri last weekend, said the flooding there would ease in seven days if there is no more rain. Prachin Buri is bearing the brunt of the flooding this year.

Meanwhile, Industry Minister Prasert Boonchaisuk on Tuesday ordered state agencies to step up flood surveillance at Prachin Buri's 304 Industrial Park and put rapid-installation mobile dams on standby to guard the park from possible flooding.

Mr Prasert visited the park in Sri Maha Phot district and received a briefing on flood prevention measures from the park's management.

He ordered the Industrial Works Department and the Prachin Buri Industry Office to work with the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand to step up surveillance at the park.

Two mobile dams, each 1.20 metres high, stand ready at the park. The mobile dams have a combined height of 2.4m and a length of 20km, the minister said. The industrial park has no flood embankments, but its location is relatively high, he said.

Mr Prasert dismissed reports as untrue that the industrial park had been inundated.

The cabinet on Tuesday ordered state agencies to study whether a so-called Water Ministry should be established.

Mr Plodprasop said a water ministry is necessary to tackle flood problems and supervise projects under the 350-billion-baht flood and water management scheme.

He allayed concerns over the rising water level in the Pasak River, saying the situation was under control.

Dams were releasing water at 400 cubic metres per second, he said, adding the river could accommodate water from this discharge rate. He admitted water released earlier from dams might cause some sections of the Chao Phraya River basin to overflow.

However, he insisted that Bangkok would not be affected by any flooding as the WFMC and City Hall have worked out a flood prevention plan.

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Vocabulary:

accommodate: to provide enough space for something or someone; to be able to deal with a particular amount of something - บรรจุ, จัดที่อยู่ให้

admit: to agree that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry or surprised about it - ยอมรับ

allay: to make some feel less of something, like worry, fear or doubt - ขจัดความสงสัย ขจัดความกังวล

basin: a large area of land whose surface water all flows into a particular river or lake - ลุ่มน้ำ

bear the brunt of: to receive the main force of something unpleasant - ได้รับผลกระทบที่รุนแรง

briefing: a meeting in which people receive information or instruction - การสรุปแบบสั้นๆ

cabinet: the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy - คณะรัฐมนตรี

combined: counted together - รวมกัน

commission: an official group of people who have been given responsibility to control something, or to find out about something, usually for the government - คณะกรรมการ, คณะกรรมาธิการ

concern: a worry - ความกังวล

consider: to give careful thought to something before making a decision - พิจารณา

cubic metre: the volume of a cube with edges one metre in length - ลูกบาศก์เมตร

deputy: a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง

discharge: letting a liquid flow out - การปล่อยออก, การขับออก

dismiss: to refuse to accept that something might be true or important - ไม่สนใจ,แย้งกลับ

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

ease: to relieve; to make a problem, situation or pain less severe or serious - บรรเทา

effective: producing the result that was intended - ได้ผลดี

embankment: a slope made of earth or stone that rises up from either side of a road, railway/railroad, river, etc. - มูลดิน,ตลิ่งทาง

establish: to start something, e.g. a company, organisation, fund, project, etc. that will likely continue for a long time - สถาปนา, ก่อตั้ง, จัดตั้ง

flag: to draw attention to something; to put a special mark next to information that you think is important - ใส่เครื่องหมาย (บนหน้ากระดาษ, การ์ด) ที่เห็นว่าสำคัญ

industrial estate: an area of land where industrial companies have their buildings - นิคมอุตสาหกรรม

insist: to keep saying very firmly that something is true - ยืนกราน ยืนยัน

inspect: to look at something carefully - ตรวจสอบ, ตรวจสอบอย่างละเอียด

installation: the act of fixing equipment or furniture in position so that it can be used - การติดตั้ง

inundated: flooded - ถูกน้ำท่วม, จมลงใต้น้ำ

irrigation: the process of bringing water to land through a system of pipes, ditches, etc. in order to make crops grow - ระบบชลประทาน

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

location: where someone or something is - ที่ตั้ง,ทำเล

meanwhile: at the same time - ในเวลาเดียวกัน

measure: a firm action taken to solve a problem or stop a dangerous unpleasant situation - มาตราการ

mobile: able to move or be moved around - ซึ่งเคลื่อนที่ได้ง่าย

on standby: ready for use - เตรียมพร้อม, สำรอง

overflow: (of a river or body of water) to flood the land next to it - เอ่อล้น, ไหลล้น

prevention: preventing something bad from happening - การป้องกันภ้ย

prompt: to cause someone to take action - กระตุ้น

proposed: suggested as an idea for a group to consider - ถูกเสนอ

rapid: happening quickly - อย่างรวดเร็ว

rate: the level or speed at which something happens or changes, or the amount or number of times it happens or changes in a particular period - อัตรา

recede: to move back; to move further away into the distance; subside - ลดลง, ถอยหลัง

relatively: somewhat; in comparison with someone or something similar - ค่อนข้าง

release: to let something move freely; to allow a substance to flow out from somewhere - ปล่อย

scheme: a plan that is developed by a government or large organisation in order to provide a particular service for people - แผนการ โครงการ

section: any of the parts into which something is divided - ส่วน

so-called: used for saying that a particular word is usually used for referring to someone or something - ที่เป็นที่รู้กัน

solution: a way of solving a problem or dealing with a difficult situation - วิธีแก้ปัญหา

state agency: a government department or body - หน่วยงานของรัฐ

supervise: to be in charge of an activity and to check that everything is being done correctly - ดูแล ควบคุม

surveillance: the process of carefully watching a person or place - การเฝ้าตรวจตราอย่างเข้มงวด

tackle: to make an organised and determined attempt to deal with something - จัดการ, รับมือ

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