Sandbag meeting (Updated)

Today's on-again, off-again meeting between Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra and WFMC head Plodprasop Suraswadi did take place and, from the looks of it, cooperation should be better from now on.

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Looking like old friends, Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra (left) and Science Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi met today to discuss their disagreement over the use of sandbags to block some city drains. CHANAT KATANYU

15:40  Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra has just tweeted that he did managed to talk "person to person" with Science Minister Plodprasob. He said the meeting was productive and the BMA would continue to use various methods to control water flow, just as it had been doing. He said he was happy to that the two of them were able to reach a satisfactory conclusion. There are also reports that the agreement was a compromise and the BMA is suppose to remove sandbags it isn't using. Now let's see what Mr Plodprasob says.

productive – achieving good results ที่ก่อให้เกิดผล
compromise
– a way of solving a problem or ending an argument in which both people or groups accept that they cannot have everything they want การประนีประนอม

12:25  It appears the quarrel between the BMA and government water officials is set to continue. Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra has just said he is not free to attend the meeting proposed by Plodprasop Suraswadi, head of the Water and Flood Management Commission (WFMC). He also said Bangkok officials had already explained their flood prevention measures so the meeting was unnecessary.

quarrel – an argument or strong disagreement การทะเลาะเบาะแว้ง


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Sandbag meeting

Government and city officials involved in water management sounded more like adults than children yesterday, agreeing to meet today to discuss Bangkok's controversial use of sandbags to block some drains.

Plodprasop Suraswadi, head of the Water and Flood Management Commission (WFMC) said he asked Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra to attend the commission's meeting to settle the sandbag conflict as suggested by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva.

The discussion will be "academic," said Mr Plodprasop, who is also Science Minister. "I hope the BMA will present facts about the issue. I personally insist that what the BMA has been doing is technically wrong."

Mr Plodprasop told parliament yesterday that he would apologise to the BMA and follow its advice if it was proved there was a misunderstanding on his part. If it turns out he is right, the BMA must remove the sandbags, or he would take action.

Meanwhile, the BMA's deputy governor Wallop Suwandee yesterday told the radio programme, Inside Thailand, the use of sandbags to block water is a simple method to cope with floods in small, specific areas.

"Areas in Bangkok are of different height," he said. "Srinakarindra Road, for example, is lower than the motorway.

"When it rains, water flows down from the motorway to flood the road. That is why the BMA uses sandbags to prevent water from the higher drains to flow into the road.

"After that, we pump out to nearby canals both the water on Srinakarindra Road and the water that was blocked by the sandbags."

Adapted from Bangkok Post stories.

schedule – a plan that lists all the work that you have to do and when you must do each thing ตารางเวลา,  กำหนดการ
block – to stop someone/ something from moving through or along something else  ปิดกั้น, กีดขวาง
drain – a pipe that carries away dirty water or other liquid waste ท่อระบายน้ำ
involved – taking part or having a role in something เกี่ยวข้อง
adult – a fully grown person who is legally responsible for their actions  ผู้ใหญ่
controversial – causing disagreement or disapproval ความไม่ลงรอยกัน
commission – an official group of people who have been given responsibility to control something, or to find out about something, usually for the government  คณะกรรมการ, คณะกรรมาธิการ
settle – to end a dispute or disagreement, in this case, forcefully ขจัดให้เสร็จสิ้น, จัดการ
conflict – an angry disagreement between people or groups ความขัดแย้ง
opposition – of a political party that is not part of the government ฝ่ายค้าน 
academic – based on facts and accepted methods used in conducting research; relating to education เชิงวิชาการ
issue – matter; a subject that people discuss or argue about  ประเด็น
insist – to keep saying very firmly that something is true ยืนกราน ยืนยัน
technically – according to accepted methods of doing something ทางเทคนิค
apologise – to say you are sorry for doing something wrong or for causing a problem ขอโทษ
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) – the local government of Bangkok กรุงเทพมหานคร
advice – an opinion or a suggestion about what somebody should do in a particular situation  คำแนะนำ
prove – to use facts, evidence, etc. to show that something is true พิสูจน์
misunderstanding – a situation in which a comment, an instruction, a fact etc. is not understood correctly  ความเข้าใจผิด
turn out – to be discovered to be; to prove to be กลับกลายเป็น
remove – to take something away เอาออกจาก
meanwhile – at the same time ในเวลาเดียวกัน
deputy – a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation รอง
simple – easy to understand; not complicated ง่าย,ไม่ยุ่งยาก, ไม่ซับซ้อน
method – a particular way of doing something วิธีการ,วิธีดำเนินการ
cope – to deal successfully with a difficult situation  รับมือกับ
specific – detailed and exact โดยเฉพาะ, เฉพาะเจาะจง
flow – (of a liquid) to move continuously in one direction ไหล

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