Failure not an option, minister says
- Published: 8/11/2011 at 09:59 AM
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As floodwaters seep in, the defence minister said the government would try to protect the Bang Chan and Lat Krabang industrial estates at all costs. "They are two important locations we must save or all the government's credibility will be lost."
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A worker takes note of a scale chart measuring the depth of floodwater at about 24cm around Bang Chan Industrial Estate near Seri Thai Road. The estate houses many large factories. PATTANAPONG HIRUNARD
Last-ditch bid to save Bang Chan
The govt's credibility is at stake: Yutthasak
Northern run-off was closing in on Bang Chan industrial estate yesterday as the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration issued an evacuation advisory for Bang Chan sub-district.
Vulnerable spots appear to be in the north and the northeast of the estate which are taking in advancing run-off from the street and water from Khlong Sam Wa which continues to rise.
Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra issued an evacuation advisory for Bang Chan, bringing the total number of districts on evacuation alert to 12.
Defence Minister Yutthasak Sasiprapa said the government would try to protect the Bang Chan industrial estate as well as the one in Lat Krabang at all costs.
Seven industrial estates in Ayutthaya and Pathum Thani have been inundated despite government assurances they were well protected.
"They [Bang Chan and Lat Krabang] are the last two we have to defend. We tried and failed in Ayutthaya and Pathum Thani.
"They are two important locations we must save or all the government's credibility will be lost," he said.
Bang Chan industrial estate houses more than 90 factories including firms like Nestle and Farmhouse bread producer President Bakery Plc, which employ more than ten thousand workers.
Floodwater yesterday seeped into the estate and flooded its streets. Flooding on Mom Chao Sangangamsupradit Street was about 20cm deep while Seri Thai Road was under 10-20cm of floodwater.
In the northern section of the estate, water in Bueng Krathiam also crept in from Ram Intra Road and Khlong Phraya Suren, flooding an area in front of Chinsan Electronic Industrial Thailand factory.
The floodwater, which was 10-20 cm high, was drained into the industrial estate's water drainage system before being diverted to Khlong Lo Lae, Khlong Ban Chan and then to Khlong Saen Saep.
Despite water entering the estate, the factories remained dry yesterday. as troops from the First Army Region quickly reinforced the flood barrier.
Maj Gen Walit Rojanaphakdi, deputy commander of the First Army Region, yesterday met with Bang Chan industrial estate staff and the business operators.
He called for a 24-hour watch on the water level in Khlong Saen Saep which runs along one side of the estate.
The water in the canal yesterday rose to 88cm, about 3cm higher than on Sunday, and continued to rise.
The canal will overflow if the water exceeds the 118-cm mark.
option – choice ทางเลือก
seep – (of a liquid) to flow slowly and in small quantities through something รั่วซึม
at all costs – no matter what happens or how much damage is done ด้วยทุกวิถีทาง
depth – the distance down either from the top of something to the bottom, or to a distance below the top surface of something ความลึก
industrial estate – an area of land where industrial companies have their buildings นิคมอุตสาหกรรม
last-ditch – an effort or attempt which is made at the end of a series of failures to solve a problem, and is not expected to succeed ที่สุดท้าย, ที่ทำครั้งสุดท้าย
credibility – the degree to which something can be believed or trusted ความน่าเชื่อถือ,ความน่าไว้วางใจ
at stake – able to be gained or lost เสี่ยงเป็นเสี่ยงตาย
run-off – rain, water or other liquid that runs off land into streams and rivers น้ำหลาก
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) – the local government of Bangkok กรุงเทพมหานคร
issue – to announce something officially ออกประกาศ
evacuation – moving people from a place of danger to a safer place การอพยพ
advisory – an official warning that something bad is going to happen คำเตือน; การแนะนำ
vulnerable – easily damaged or harmed ซึ่งถูกทำลายได้ง่าย
spot – the particular place where someone or something is ที่, สถานที่
advance – to move forward เคลื่อนไปข้างหน้า
alert – a warning to people to be prepared to deal with something dangerous การเตือนให้ระวัง
inundated – flooded ถูกน้ำท่วม, จมลงใต้น้ำ
assurance – a promise; a guarantee การรับประกัน, การรับรอง
defend – to prevent something from failing, stopping, or being taken away ปกป้อง, ป้องกัน
firm – a business or company บริษัท
employ – to have someone work or do a job for you and pay them for it ว่าจ้าง, จ้าง
section – any of the parts into which something is divided ส่วน, ส่วนที่ตัดออก, ส่วนย่อย
creep (past form: crept) – to move or develop very slowly เคลื่อนที่อย่างช้าๆ
drain – to cause water or fluid to flow out ระบายออก
divert – to cause something to change direction เบนเส้นทางเดินน้ำ
reinforce – to make stronger เสริมให้แข็งแรงขึ้น
barrier – a wall, pile of sandbags, etc., that prevents water from entering สิ่งกีดขวาง
deputy – a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation รอง
commander – the head of an army or army unit ผู้บังคับบัญชา
operator – a person or company that runs a business ผู้ดำเนินกิจการทางธุรกิจ, ผู้ประกอบธุรกิจ
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
overflow – (of a river or body of water) to flood the land next to it เอ่อล้น, ไหลล้น
exceed – to be more than something; to go beyond a limit เกินกว่าที่กำหนด
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