Floodwaters head for Ayutthaya

When there are persistent heavy rains in the North, the water eventually reaches the Central Plains and the Bangkok area before flowing into the sea. For Ayutthaya province, “eventually” likely means today.

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Residents inspect a road that was damaged by a flash flood in Laplae district of Uttradit province yesterday. BOONNAM KERDKAEW

Morning update: Maitree Pitinanont, the irrigation chief of Ayutthaya province, confirmed on Thai PBS the arrival in floodwaters in low-lying areas but said this was normal for this time of year. He said that the water levels were still far below what they were last year.

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Floodwaters head for Ayutthaya

When there are persistent heavy rains in the North, we know from experience that the water eventually reaches the Central Plains and the Bangkok area before flowing into the sea.

For Ayutthaya province, “eventually” likely means today.

Maitree Pitinanont, the irrigation chief of Ayutthaya province, said the water flow rate from Nakhon Sawan towards Ayutthaya was rising from 1,500 to 2,000 cubic metres a second yesterday evening.

He expects the water to start affecting people living in low-lying areas in Phak Hai, Bang Ban and Sena districts on the western side of Ayutthaya at noon today.

Locals have been urged to move their belongings to high places.

Meanwhile, the situation remains dire in several northern provinces.

In Uttaradit province, floods and landslides hit many communities in Muang Uttaradit district, while a 1km-long section of Highway No.11 (Den Chai-Uttaradit) was submerged yesterday. No casualties were reported.

Surachai Thatkawin, the provincial disaster prevention and mitigation chief, said 100mm of rainfall was measured and flash floods and landslides could continue until at least tomorrow.

Uttaradit deputy governor Chalermchai Fuangkhon said about 300 houses in Laplae district were under about 1m of water.

In Phichit province, floods from Phetchabun and Wang Thong mountain ranges hit Muang Phichit district.

About 30 houses were submerged under about 1 metre of water and hundreds of rai of farmland were inundated.

Flood runoff left a 20-metre deep and 90m-long hole under the northern railway track at kilometre marker 684 between Khun Tan and Tha Chomphu stations. As of this morning, railway officials still hope repairs will be finished by tomorrow noon. CHEEWIN SATHA

In Lamphun, repairs are still under way to a northern railway track in Lamphun province that was damaged by the flooding. Repairs continued in the midst of pouring rain on the track, which lost its foundations for a distance of about 90m between Khun Tan and Tha Chompoo railway stations in Mae Tha district.

At present, northbound trains from Bangkok can only travel as far as Lampang province.

Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post.

residents – people who live in a particular area ประชาชนที่อาศัยในท้องที่
inspect – to look at something carefully ตรวจสอบ
flash flood – a flood that happens suddenly without warning น้ำที่เกิดท่วมในที่ต่ำโดยฉับพลันทันทีและไหลลดลงอย่างรวดเร็ว
irrigation – the process of bringing water to land through a system of pipes, ditches, etc. in order to make crops grow ระบบชลประทาน
persistent – continuing อย่างต่อเนื่อง
eventually – at the end of a period of time or at the end of a process ในที่สุด
plains – a large area of flat land ที่ราบ
flow – (of a liquid) to move continuously in one direction ไหล
rate – the level or speed at which something happens or changes, or the amount or number of times it happens or changes in a particular period อัตรา
locals – people who live in a particular place ชาวบ้าน
urge – to advise someone very strongly about what action or attitude they should take ผลักดัน, กระตุ้น
belongings – the things you own ข้าวของเครื่องใช้
meanwhile – at the same time ในเวลาเดียวกัน
situation – all the circumstances and things that are happening at a particular time and in a particular place  สถานการณ์
dire – very serious or extreme เลวร้ายมาก
landslide – a mass of rock and earth moving suddenly and quickly down a steep slope แผ่นดินถล่ม
community – the people living in one particular area ชุมชน
submerged – under water  จมน้ำ อยู่ใต้น้ำ
casualties – deaths and/or injuries ผู้บาดเจ็บล้มตาย
Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation – a department within the Ministry of the Interior in charge of making preparations for disasters, warning citizens of dangers and organising relief efforts when a disaster occurs กรมป้องกันและบรรเทาสาธารณภัย
deputy – a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation รอง
range – a line or group of mountains or hills  ทิวเขา, แนวเขา, เทือกเขา
inundated – flooded ถูกน้ำท่วม, จมลงใต้น้ำ
runoff – rainfall that cannot be taken in by the soil and which flows into rivers, lakes or the sea น้ำหลาก, ปริมาณของเหลวที่ไหลออก
repair – to fix something that is broken or damaged ซ่อมบำรุง
underway – happening  กำลังเกิดขึ้น
in the midst of – in the middle of ท่ามกลาง
pouring – raining very heavily ฝนตกหนักมาก
foundation – supporting structure รากฐาน
northbound – going north ซึ่งไปทางเหนือ

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