Troops readied for southern flood relief

The flood situation in the South improved somewhat yesterday, but troops around the country have been told to be ready to help if it worsens.

A volunteer helps build a make-shift rope bridge over the Rampan canal in Nop Phi Tham district of Nakhon Si Thammarat after it was damaged by strong currents. Several flood-ravaged villages in the district have made similar suspension bridges to gain access to the outside world. THITI WANNAMONTHA

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Troops deploy to South to lend flood assistance

Phatthalung issues landslide warnings


Troops across the country will sweep into flood-hit southern provinces if the crisis proves too much for the Fourth Army Region to handle.

Army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha said tens of thousands of soldiers from other regions will be sent to assist in flood rescue and relief operations if the situation worsens.

He said the Fourth Army Region, which oversees the South, has set up a flood relief centre.

"It looks scary but the Fourth Army commanders assure us the situation is still under control," he said.

About 10,000 troops are being deployed to help the flood victims in nine provinces, he said.

Gen Prayuth said his prime concern is persistent rain which would cause mountain runoff, increase the risk of mudslides and slow flood drainage to the sea.

"The hardest-hit areas are Khao Luang mountain in Nakhon Si Thammarat and Surat Thani. Let's hope the rain stops soon," he said.

Nakhon Si Thammarat has declared 14 districts disaster zones, with 124,000 people affected, and estimated the damage at 120 million baht.

The flood situation in Muang municipality of Nakhon Si Thammarat improved slightly yesterday after rain stopped.

The floodwater in several communities has started to recede, which helped rescue and relief operations.

In Lan Saka district, 52 tourists who were stranded at a resort in tambon Khiri Wong were rescued.

In Nop Phi Tham and Si Chon districts, several communities remained cut off after bridges were damaged.

Troops and volunteers built makeshift bridges so food and water could be sent across.

Meanwhile, Phatthalung authorities issued landslide warnings for 28 locations in six districts ravaged by flooding, even though overall water levels had subsided.

In some areas of Khuan Khanun, Pak Phayun and Muang districts, the floodwater was as high as 1.5 metres.

In Chumphon, floodwater on a stretch of Asian Highway 41 receded yesterday, which allowed vehicles to use the route again. Police were deployed to help direct traffic.

Meanwhile, the Meteorological Office yesterday issued a heavy rain warning for Chumphon, Surat Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat. Waves of up to 3m are expected in the Gulf of Thailand and small boats should remain ashore from tomorrow until Sunday, it said.

volunteer – someone who is not paid for the work that they do อาสาสมัคร
makeshift – using whatever is available and therefore not very good   สำหรับใช้ชั่วคราว, ใช้ประทังไปก่อน
current – a strong movement of water in one direction กระแสน้ำ
ravaged – destroyed; damaged very badly  ถูกทำลาย, เสียหาย, ถูกล้างผลาญ
suspension bridge – a type of bridge that hangs from strong steel ropes that are fixed to towers สะพานแขวน
gain access – to be able to enter a building or place  สามารถเข้าสู่
deploy – (of police, soldiers or equipment) to put in place ready for action ส่ง ประจำการ
lend assistance – to help ช่วย
issue – to announce something officially ออกประกาศ
landslide – a mass of rock and earth moving suddenly and quickly down a steep slope แผ่นดินถล่ม
warning – an action or statement telling someone of a possible problem or danger คำเตือน
troops – soldiers, especially in large numbers กองทหาร
sweep – to move or spread quickly through an area  เคลื่อนไปอย่างรวดเร็ว
crisis – a situation that has reached and extremely difficult or dangerous point ช่วงวิกฤต
prove – to show to be something ปรากฎความจริง,แสดงว่า
handle – to take action in order to deal with a difficult situation ดูแล, จัดการ
rescue – saving a person or animal from a dangerous or unpleasant situation การช่วยชีวิต
relief – help; assistance การช่วยให้พ้นภัย
operation – a planned activity involving a lot of people, especially soldiers or police officers การปฏิบัติการ
oversee – to watch or organise a job or an activity to make certain that it is being done correctly คุมงาน,ควบคุม
scary – frightening น่าตกใจ, น่ากลัว
commander – the head of an army or army unit ผู้บังคับบัญชา
assure – to tell something that something is true or will definitely happen ให้ความมั่นใจ, ยืนยัน
victim – someone who has been affected by a bad situation, such as a disaster, illness or an accident เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย
prime – main or most important ที่สำคัญที่สุด
concern – a worry ความกังวล
persistent – continuing อย่างต่อเนื่อง
runoff – rain, water or other liquid that runs off land into streams and rivers น้ำหลาก
risk – the possibility that something dangerous or unpleasant might happen ความเสี่ยง
mudslide – a large amount of mud sliding down a mountain, often destroying buildings and injuring or killing people below ทะเลโคลนที่มาจากภูเขาทำลายบ้านเรือนและผู้คน
drainage – the process of taking away of water or other liquids from an area  การระบายน้ำ
disaster –an unexpected event, such as a very bad accident, a flood or a fire, that kills a lot of people or causes a lot of damage ภัยพิบัติ ความหายนะ
zone – an area that has an important or typical feature พื้นที่, เขต
estimate – to say what you think an amount or value is or will be, either by using available information or by guessing คาดคะเน
municipality – a town, city or district with its own local government เทศบาล
improve – to get better  ดีขึ้น
slightly – small in size or amount เล็กน้อย
community – the people living in one particular area ชุมชน
recede – to move back; to move further away into the distance; subside ลดลง, ถอยหลัง
stranded – left somewhere with no way of going anywhere else ปล่อยเกาะ ถูกทิ้งไว้
meanwhile – at the same time ในเวลาเดียวกัน
overall – total; including all the things or people that are involved in a particular situation; general  ทั้งหมด
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
subside – to sink to a lower level; to become weaker or less serious ลดลง
stretch – a continuous area of land or water
Meteorological (Department) – the government department in charge of determining what the weather will be in the future กรมอุตุนิยมวิทยา
ashore – on land; towards, onto or on land, having come from an area of water such as the sea or a river บนบก, เทียบฝั่ง,  เกยฝั่ง

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