Govt claims flood drill success

Government officials have declared the water drainage tests conducted yesterday in the capital as a success.

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This bird’s eye view picture of Khlong Thawi Watthana in western Bangkok was captured on a camera in a helicopter flying over the canal during the government’s water drainage tests yesterday afternoon. SITHIKORN WONGWUDTHIANUN

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Govt claims flood drill success

More trials planned for east Bangkok tomorrow

Apinya Wipatayotin 
Manop Thip-Osod

Government officials have declared the water drainage tests conducted yesterday in the capital as a success.

They said the acceleration of water flow without causing floods to low-lying areas along the canals will provide the basis for a water management system.

Royol Chitdorn, director of the Bangkok Drainage Drill Operation Centre, said he was confident the lessons learned from the exercise will enable officials concerned to tackle flood management work more effectively.

"All I can say is that we have obtained enough information to draw up a model of the water flow in the west and east of the capital. It will be a significant tool in the future for the water drainage system in Bangkok," Mr Royol said.

Sluice gates at Khlong Thawi Watthana were opened yesterday afternoon to increase the water flow to 17 cubic metres per second from 10 cu/m per second. The water was then directed through Khlong Bang Phai, Khlong Bang Weg, Khlong Praya Ratchamontri and Khlong Pasicharoen. There were no reports of flooding in low-lying areas.

Mr Royol said 16 water-pushing machines along the canals helped reduce the water level to 20 centimetres above the mean sea level from 30cm.

"Although we had a higher amount of water, the level was still low due to the quick drainage work," he said. "In the future, there will be no need for us to close the sluice gates to prevent flooding. We can just leave them open and let the water flow through quickly."

Meanwhile, Chatchom Chompradist, director of the Water Management Division from the Department of Royal Irrigation, said the centre planned to conduct a similar test on canals in the east of the city tomorrow.

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bird's eye view – a view from a very high place which allows you to see a large area ภาพที่มองเห็นจากมุมสูง
drainage – the process of taking away of water or other liquids from an area  การระบายน้ำ
claim – to say that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it อ้าง
drill – an activity which practises a particular skill and often involves repeating the same thing several times การฝึกหัด
trial – a test, usually over a limited period of time, to discover how effective or suitable something or someone is การทดลอง, การทดสอบ
declare – to announce officially that something is true or happening ประกาศ ยืนยัน
conduct – to do something in an organised way; to carry out — ลงมือทำ, ดำเนิน, ปฏิบัติ
capital – the most important town or city of a country, usually where the central government operates from  เมืองหลวง
acceleration – the rate at which a vehicle increases speed ความเร่ง, อัตราการเปลี่ยนความเร็วที่เพิ่มขึ้นเรื่อยๆ ต่อ 1 หน่วยเวลา
flow – (of a liquid) to move continuously in one direction ไหล
basis – the important facts, ideas or events that support something; the reason why people take a particular action รากฐาน, หลักพื้นฐาน, หลัก
confident – being certain of your abilities or of having trust in people, plans, or the future มั่นใจ
exercise – a set of activities for training or testing การฝึกฝน
enable – to make someone able to do something, or to make something possible  ทำให้เป็นไปได้
concerned – involved in something, or affected by something เกี่ยวข้องกับ ที่สัมพันธ์กับ
tackle – to make an organised and determined attempt to deal with a problem จัดการกับปัญหา
obtain – to get something that you want or need, especially by going through a process that is difficult ได้มา, ได้รับ
model – something such as a system that can be copied by other people   ต้นแบบ
significant – important สำคัญ
sluice gate – a gate that can be opened or closed to control the flow water along a passage ประตูน้ำปิดเปิดบังคับการไหลของน้ำในคลอง
mean – an amount that is calculated by adding several numbers together and dividing the total by the original number of things that you added together ค่าเฉลี่ย, ตัวกลาง, มัชฌิม
sea level – the height of the land at the edge of the sea the average height of the sea/ocean, used as the basis for measuring the height of all places on land  ระดับน้ำทะเล
due to – because of เนื่องจาก
prevent – to stop something from happening  ขัดขวาง, กัน, กีดขวาง
meanwhile – at the same time ในเวลาเดียวกัน
Royal Irrigation Department – The Thai government department in charge of the country's irrigation system กรมชลประทาน
similar – like somebody/something but not exactly the same คล้ายกัน

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