Hole in busy Bangkok road (updated)

A large crater in the busy Rama IV road last night disrupted traffic and prompted a quick repair job

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City officials and passers-by look at a large hole in Rama IV Road. PATIPAT JANTHONG

Evening update

Top Bangkok city officials have met with representative of the drainage and sewerage department and the MRT underground system to try to determine the cause of last night road collapse on Rama IV road.

While no conclusive cause has been found, BMA deputy governor Teerachon Manomai  says interest is centred on a large 3.5 metre drainage pipe, but it may take underground cameras to find out if it has been leaking. Like the road above it, it is quite old – almost 40 years, so it would not be surprising if there are problems.

Meanwhile, the Bangkok governor has ordered a close inspection of other roads in the area, especially Rama 3 and Sathorn. Ultra-sound tests will be carried out to determine if there are any hidden cavities like the one uncovered on by the collapse on Rama IV.

Department of drainage and sewerage – The Bangkok city department in charge of draining rainwater and maintaining the city's sewer system สำนักการระบายน้ำ
determine– to discover something by examining evidence to or calculate something กำหนด, ระบุ, แสดงผล 
collapse – falling down suddenly การพังลงมา 
conclusive – proving that something is true แน่นอน, เป็นข้อสรุป
deputy – a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation รอง
drainage – the process of taking away of water or other liquids from an area  การระบายน้ำ
leak – (of a liquid or gas) to flow out of a hole or crack รั่ว
inspection – the act of looking closely at something or someone and to check that everything is as it should be; examination การตรวจสอบอย่างละเอียด
cavity – a hole or empty space inside something solid  หลุม, ช่อง

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Hole in busy Bangkok road

Traffic in the Thai-Belgium Bridge area near Lumpini park was disrupted Sunday evening when a large hole  was found in the middle of Bangkok's busy Rama IV Road.

The crater was five metres wide and one-metre deep , forcing motorists to avoid one lane of the busy road and leading to traffic congestion.

Thung Maha Mek police immediately notified the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority (BMA) and urged motorists to avoid that section of Rama IV.

BMA authorities quickly brought in equipment to repair the road and early reports this morning indicate that the road is now open to normal traffic.

City officials say they will try to determine the cause of the road collapse today.

It was fortunate the collapse occurred on the quietest night of the week, rather than on a weekday.

Adapted from online stories from the Bangkok Post and Post Today.

passers-by – people who are going past somebody  ผู้คนผ่านไปมาตามถนน
disrupt – to prevent something from continuing as usual or as expected ทำให้ยุ่งเหยิง, ทำให้ยุ่งยาก
crater – a large round hole in the ground หลุม
(traffic) congestion – roads that are very crowded with vehicles รถติด
immediately – happening right after something else with no delay; right away ทันที
notify – to tell someone officially about something แจ้ง
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) – the local government of Bangkok กรุงเทพมหานคร
urge – to advise someone very strongly about what action or attitude they should take ผลักดัน, กระตุ้น
avoid – to stay away from a place; to try to prevent something from happening หลีกเลี่ยง
section – any of the parts into which something is divided ส่วน, ส่วนที่ตัดออก, ส่วนย่อย
indicate – to show that something is true, exists or will happen แสดง, ทำให้รู้
normal – typical, usual or ordinary; what you would expect ภาวะปกติ
determine – to discover something by examining evidence to or calculate something กำหนด, ระบุ, แสดงผล
collapse – to suddenly fall down ล้มลง
fortunate – lucky โชคดี, เคราะห์ดี

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