Low-lying communities getting some relief
- Published: 2/12/2011 at 11:22 AM
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With much of Bangkok dry or nearly dry, pumps are being moved to where they are really needed, the low-lying communities were drainage is difficult.
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Bangkok’s remaining flooded communities will need a lot of pumps like this one to dry out.
Pumps shifted to priority areas
BMA targets districts that can be sealed off
Large pumps are being redeployed in areas which remain flooded as many parts of Bangkok start to recover from the disaster.
Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra said yesterday pumps were mobilised from the government and the private sector to drain floodwater from flooded communities.
The drainage started in communities which could be sealed off and water was being pumped out into nearby canals.
The operation was launched yesterday in Kosumniwet housing estate in Don Muang district, Chaeng Watthana 14 Road and Khehachumchon Thung Song Hong community in Laksi district, and Ram Intra 1-39 roads in Bang Khen district.
Floods there should disappear between Dec 5 and 14.
Similar operations in other heavily flooded areas will be launched when water levels in nearby canals drop.
MR Sukhumbhand said water could not be pumped out of Sethakit housing estate in Bang Kae district because the level of Khlong Thawi Watthana canal remained high and the housing estate was too large to be sealed off.
However, he assured all areas of Bangkok would be dry by Dec 31 as tides from the sea were not so high and the water levels of canals in the capital were declining.
He said sluice gates in Bangkok would be gradually opened to release floodwater from nearby provinces in order to drain floodwater in Bangkok at the same time.
Science and Technology Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi who is assistant director of the Flood Relief Operations Command (Froc) said yesterday the government was removing big sandbags in northern Bangkok to accelerate flood drainage.
He expects the task to be finished within two weeks.
Yesterday, about 200 people blocked Phahon Yothin 48 Road where they live in Bang Khen district to put pressure on the BMA and the Froc to speed up drainage of floodwater which has submerged their areas for a month.
The road closure caused heavy traffic, prompting traffic police to be sent to direct traffic in the area.
The furious residents agreed to disperse at 5.30pm following negotiations with Anond Snidvongs, the Froc's water management adviser, who promised to work with the BMA to open the Khlong Lat Phrao sluice gate wider.
The Administrative Court yesterday ordered the Froc and the BMA to set guidelines regarding the opening of Khong Maha Sawat sluice gate.
The court also rejected a request asking it to suspend the government operation to salvage Highway 340 (Bang Bua Thong-Suphan Buri) and Kanchanaphisek Road.
The salvage operation of the highway has already been completed.
Earlier, Todsiri Poolnual, a representative of flood-hit residents in Nonthaburi's Bang Bua Thong district, asked the court to stop the BMA from managing the sluice gate that affects the water levels between Bangkok and Nonthaburi.
She also sought a court order to suspend the salvage operation of Highway 340.
community – the people living in one particular area ชุมชน
shift – to change เปลี่ยน
priority – something important that must be done first or which needs more attention than something else การมาก่อน
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) – the local government of Bangkok กรุงเทพมหานคร
target – to direct something at someone or something ตั้งเป้าหมาย
seal off – to prevent people (or, in this case, water) from entering an area or a building ปิดกั้น
redeploy – to move someone or something to a different place or a different job ส่งเข้าไปใหม่
recover – to become normal and healthy again ฟื้นฟูสภาพ
(natural) disaster –an unexpected natural event, such as a very bad storm or flood that kills a lot of people or causes a lot of damage ความหายนะธรรมชาติทาง, ภัยพิบัติธรรมชาติทาง
mobilise – to bring together for a particular purpose ระดมพล
private sector – businesses and industries that are not owned or controlled by the government ภาคเอกชน
drain – to cause water or fluid to flow out ระบายออก
operation – an activity which is planned to achieve something การดำเนินการ
launch – to start something เริ่มต้น เริ่มทำ
housing estate – residential estate; an area containing a large number of houses or apartments built close together at the same time บ้านจัดสรร
disappear – to no longer exist; หายไป
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
assure – to tell something that something is true or will definitely happen ให้ความมั่นใจ, ยืนยัน
tide – the regular rise and fall of the level of the sea (the tides) ปรากฏการณ์น้ำขึ้นน้ำลง, กระแสน้ำขึ้นน้ำลง
capital – the most important town or city of a country, usually where the central government operates from เมืองหลวง
decline – to become less ลดลง
sluice gate – a gate that can be opened or closed to control the flow water along a passage ประตูน้ำปิดเปิดบังคับการไหลของน้ำในคลอง
gradually – slowly and in small stages or amounts อย่างทีละน้อย
release – to allow a substance to flow out from somewhere ปล่อย
Flood Relief Operations Centre (Froc) – the government's centre for assisting flood victims ศูนย์ปฎิบัติการช่วยเหลือผู้ประสบอุทกภัย(ศปภ)
remove – to take something away เอาออกจาก
accelerate – to cause to happen more quickly เร่ง
task – something that you have to do ภารกิจ
block – to stop someone/ something from moving through or along something else ปิดกั้น, กีดขวาง
put on the pressure – to try to make someone do something by forcing, threatening, or persuading them in a determined way กดดันให้ทำ
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