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730,000 rai of farms submerged in South
- Published: 1/04/2011 at 01:24 PM
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Floods put farms out of action, mudslides block roads. Tourism cancellations and crop failures loom.
730,000 rai of farms submerged, Related industries, tourism also hard hit by Post Reporters
Farmers will pay a heavy price for the floods now ravaging much of the South, as more than 730,000 rai of agricultural land are already inundated and the affected area is increasing.
Heavy storms, flooding and mudslides have blocked many roads in southern provinces, forcing temporary shutdowns for many seafood exporters that cannot get their products out or receive raw materials.
The tourism industry is also feeling a big pinch, with many hotels and beach resorts, especially in Krabi and Surat Thani provinces, only half full, very unusual for the hot season.
Agriculture Minister Theera Wongsamut said more than 166,000 rubber, oil palm, rice, livestock and fisheries farmers had been affected by the flooding caused by continuous heavy rainfall since last Friday.
"We estimate the impact will be greater, as the flood-hit areas are now expanding to include Phuket, Ranong, Phangnga and Satun provinces," he said.
That will increase the number of flood-hit provinces to 11 including Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Surat Thani, Trang, Chumphon, Krabi and Songkhla...
...The Bank of Thailand estimates most crops, orchards and tourism will be hit hard, but rubber will be spared, as planters normally do not do much tapping in the southern rainy season.
Suraphon Svetasreni, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, said southern tourism will lose out in this year's hot season. Large numbers of cancellations are being seen in hotels in Surat Thani province, the site of popular Koh Samui, he said.
Occupancy at hotels in the province, normally 70-80% at this time of year, has dropped to only 50-55%, he added.
The Thai Trade Centre in Surat Thani also expects huge losses to the seafood industry.
Centre director Rawepan Changyencham said the floods have damaged shrimp farms and food processing factories, plus all means of transport have been cut off. Factories cannot deliver products to either domestic or international customers and at the same time cannot receive raw materials...
...As this is also the shrimp harvest season, a shortage is now predicted.
(Source: Bangkok Post, 730,000 rai of farms submerged, Related industries, tourism also hard hit, 1/04/2011, Post Reporters, link)
submerged - completely under water จมน้ำ อยู่ใต้น้ำ
ravaged - when something is destroyed or damaged very badly
inundated - flooded ถูกน้ำท่วม, จมลงใต้น้ำ
mudslide - a large amount of mud gathers and moves rapidly down a hill or slope destroying homes and buildings, causing injury and damage, a special kind of "landslide" (See Wikipedia)
landslide - a slide of a large mass of dirt and rock down a mountain or cliff (See Wikipedia)
blocked - stopped, prevented from passing through a place
temporary - done or used for only a limited period of time, for a short time only, i.e., not permanent ชั่วคราว
raw materials - materials in their natural state before being processed or used in manufacturing
feeling a big pinch - suffering (big fall in income and revenue, difficult times for business)
livestock - animals such as cows, cattle, and sheep that are raised for commercial products such as meat, skins, or wool (See Wikipedia) ปศุสัตว์
fisheries - fish farms, places to raise fishes
estimate - guess an amount (not exact), to say what you think an amount or value is or will be using available information คาดคะเน, โดยประมาณ
impact - the effect some event has, the good or harm that an event does ผลกระทบ
estimates - guesses of what the size, value, amount, cost, etc. of something might be การประมาณค่า
orchards - a farm with trees for producing food such as fruit (oranges, apples, lemons, etc) (See Wikipedia)
planters - farmers who plant and grow crows เกษตรกรผู้ปลูกพืชไร่
tapping - rubber tapping, tapping rubber trees
tap rubber tree - put a metal piece in a rubber and let the rubber flow out of the tree into a bucket (See Wikipedia)
lose out - not get a benefit (that you usually, that someone else gets, etc)
cancellations - การยกเลิก tourists changing their plans and telling the tour company or hotel they will not come, not travel to the country
site - a place where something happened ที่เกิดเหตุ สถานที่เกิดเหตุ สถานที่
occupancy - the number of apartments or offices in a building that are full, that have someone renting them
means - methods; ways วิธี, วิธีการ
transport - to move people or things from one place to another ขนส่ง
all means of transport - every possible way of travelling between two places (or sending goods or people between two places)
cut off - stop movement or communication between two places (can't drive there with a car or can't talk to people there with telephone, for example)
domestic - within the country ภายในประเทศ
harvest - gathering fully grown crops from the field เก็บเกี่ยว, การเก็บเกี่ยวผลผลิต
shortage - when there is not enough of something การขาดแคลน
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