At least 10 crocodiles were on the loose from an open zoo in Nakhon Si Thammarat as the government sets up command centres to coordinate desperate rescue and relief efforts in the flood-ravaged South. NUJAREE RAEKRUN
With hundreds of thousands of people already stranded throughout much of the southern region, more heavy rain is forecast for today and tomorrow.
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Sunday afternoon updates
13 provinces warned of heavy rain, flash floods
A weather forecast model for January 9 via Thaiwater.net
Outbreaks of heavy to very heavy rain are forecast for 13 provinces from now until Jan 10 as the active low pressure over the Andaman Sea and the South and the west coast is moving north slowly into the Gulf of Martaban and Myanmar, according to the Meteorological Department on Sunday.
The 13 provinces are Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan in the lower Central region, and Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Ranong, Phangnga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun in the South.
People should be aware of the severe weather conditions and possible flash floods from now until Jan 10, and closely follow the weather forecast update.
Escaped crocs not from municipal zoo
The Bangkok Post's Nujaree Raekrun has just reported that the escaped crocodile were from a private zoo, not the municipal zoo:
Crocodiles on the loose in Nakhon Si Thammarat are not from the municipality park and zoo, an official said on Sunday.
The Tha Lad zoo in Muang district in Nakhon Si Thammarat is flooded. NUJAREE RAEKRUN
Deputy mayor of Nakhon Si Thammarat municipality, Manas Pongyeelar, said all four reptiles owned by the Tha Lad zoo in Muang district are in their cage.
At least 10 crocodiles fled captivity on Saturday and were from a private zoo, he said.
Zoo workers returned to the 14-rai zoo again on Sunday to feed all animals but they could not assess the damage as floodwater made it impossible to check all areas.
Sunday morning update
Crocs on loose from flood-hit zoo
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT: At least 10 crocodiles were on the loose from an open zoo on Saturday after floodwater inundated a huge public park in this southern province.
Muang district municipal officials, who oversee the Tha Lad Zoo, on Saturday warned residents living around Somdet Phra Srinagarindra 84 Public Park, which houses the zoo, to take extra caution for fear the reptiles might be hungry and attack people.
The 14-rai zoo houses more than 10 crocodiles, some measuring up to five metres each, rare bird species and other animals. It is part of the public park, which covers 1,257 rai.
Municipal workers use a boat inside the flood-hit public park to evacuate animals from the zoo. NUJAREE RAEKRUN
Deputy mayor Manas Pongyeelar confirmed that all the crocodiles were missing from the zoo. Municipal workers in boats were patrolling the park in hopes of locating the animals and keeping them away from populated areas, but the task was complicated by rising water levels.
There were reports that local residents shot dead two other crocs on the loose from a private farm in Muang district two days ago during the flooding. The animals were each 3-4 metres long.
Flood relief mission stepped up
Command centres have been set up in the flood-ravaged South to coordinate desperate rescue and relief efforts by state and local authorities as the death toll in 10 provinces rises to 11.
Hundreds of thousands of people remain stranded in their homes across scores of districts and a major effort is required to ensure they are moved to higher ground or receive food and medical supplies, government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said.
The centres will be based in Disaster Prevention and Mitigation regional offices in Surat Thani and Songkhla. Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paochinda will oversee the centres.
"Each centre chief will play a role in setting up units which will be deployed to assist in emergency operations," Lt Gen Sansern said. "Relevant agencies including the military and the police, as well as the administrative and public sectors, will work together to hasten relief efforts."
The Interior Ministry has ordered provincial authorities to join in the relief efforts alongside the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, the army and the navy, which are working around the clock to evacuate people still stranded in their houses, he said.
Friday afternoon update
This pulley bridge with a basket to carry people and supplies was erected across a flooded canal after the bridge was washed away in Nop Phi Tam district of Nakhon Si Thammarat on Thursday afternoon. NUJAREE RAKRUN
Heavy rains continued last night with Nakhon Si Thammarat province hit especially hard. Here is an update from our online reporters:
Canals overflow in flood-hit Nakhon Si Thammarat
Steady overnight rain caused all main canals to overflow in Nakhon Si Thammarat province, with many important installations flooded on Friday morning and major roads under water.
The flood water was 1-2 metres deep in places.
The city hall, provincial court, Maharat Hospital, several schools and business areas along Ratchadamnern Road were flooded. However, Maharat Hospital was still open.
The Nakhon Si Thammarat airport was declared closed on today and will remain closed tomorrow due to the flooding on its runway.
Chamroen Tipayapongthada, the Nakhon Si Thammarat governor, said Cha-uat district was hardest hit. The provincial disaster relief committee would request 100 million baht more from the Comptroller General's Department for flood relief operations.
In Cha-uat district, defence volunteers and military and police personnel had been mobilised to evacuate people from flooded areas to high grounds. Electrical supplies to some areas had been cut to prevent electrocution.
Lt Gen Suchaya Chuwong, commander of the 5th Signal Battalion of the 4th Army, said about 300 people had been evacuated to Cha-uat Hospital, 150 to the railway station and many small groups to nearby temples.
Phra Arayanan Anantho, the abbot of Wat Khao Phra Thong, said the flood in Cha-uat was the worst in several decades. Since the temple is in a high area and remains totally flood free, people can take temporary shelter there.
The rain in the South is expected to ease off on Saturday.
Flooding was heavy in Koh Samui even before the latest rains hit. This photo was taken on Tuesday. SUPAPONG CHAOLAN
Friday morning story
Passengers stranded as floods hit Samui
Hundreds of passengers were stranded yesterday at Samui International Airport as domestic flights were suspended due to bad weather while locals struggled to cope with flooding following heavy downpours in the South last week.
The weather and flood situation in Koh Samui in Surat Thani province had not improved yesterday, causing 12 domestic flights between Bangkok and Samui to be suspended.
The suspension created a chaotic scene at the airport where travellers returning from long holidays on the island to the city were stuck at the terminal.
Some travellers looked tense as they had flights to catch from Suvarnabhumi Airport to their home countries.
Bangkok Airways issued an announcement, urging its passengers who were scheduled to fly to and from Samui to check their flights before travelling.
Bad weather had affected the safety and operations of the airports. Passengers can contact 1771 around the clock for information about flights and airport operations.
Meanwhile, inter-provincial bus services in the South were also halted yesterday as many roads in the regions are flooded, making them impassable.
Amnat Anartngam, acting president of the Transport Co, which operates inter-provincial bus services, said he had ordered bus services for six routes running between Bangkok and the south to be suspended due to flooded roads.
The routes are Bangkok-Thung Song-Chianyai, Bangkok-Hat Yai, Bangkok-Yala-Betong, Bangkok-Pattani- Sungai Kolok, Bangkok-Satun and Bangkok-Hat Yai-Dannok, and Bangkok-Hat Yai-Padang Besar.
In Samui town, persistent rainfall and run-off from a mountain put the main roads around the island under water, making them impassable for both small and heavy vehicles.
Flooded roads, some of them under 50cm of water, prevented motorcycle riders from commuting causing traffic snarls. Traffic police were trying to help ease the problems.
Surat Thani governor Uaychai Innak said six districts mostly in mountainous areas have been affected by floods caused by heavy rainfall.
Mr Uaychai urged residents in Khian Sa, Ban Na Doem, Phunphin and Muang districts which are in low-lying areas to be vigilant about water overflowing from the mountains in the area and to monitor weather reports.
For yesterday's story on the overall situation in the South, click here: http://www.bangkokpost.com/learning/advanced/1174732/southern-floods-cut-rail-services-inundate-homes-and-farmland
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abbot (noun): the head monk at a temple - เจ้าอาวาส
acting : doing the work of the usual person in a particular job while they are not there, or until a new person starts - ที่รักษาการแทน
adj (noun): connected with soldiers or the armed forces - ในทางทหาร,เกี่ยวกับทหาร
administrative (adj): involving the planning, organising and running of a business, an institution, etc - เกี่ยวกับการบริหาร
announcement : a spoken or written statement that informs people about something - การประกาศ
around the clock : throughout the whole day and night; 24 hours - ทั้งวันทั้งคืน
assess (verb): to carefully consider a situation, person, or problem in order to make a judgment - ประเมิณ, ประเมิณสถานการณ์
assist : to help - ช่วย
authority (noun): a person or government agency who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
aware (adj): knowing that something exists, or to have knowledge or experience of a particular thing - ทราบ, รับรู้
battalion : a large group of soldiers made up of several smaller groups known as companies - กองทหาร, กองพันทหาร
cage (noun): a container made of wire or metal bars and usually used for keeping birds or animals in - กรง
captivity : the state of being kept in a confined space; the state of being kept as a prisoner - การถูกกักขัง, การถูกจองจำ
caution : careful thought and lack of hurry in order to try to avoid risks or danger - ความระมัดระวัง
chaotic : happening in a confused way and without any order or organisation - ยุ่งเหยิง วุ่นวาย
City Hall : a city government - ศาลาว่าการกรุงเทพ
command centre (noun): the place from which an operation is commanded - กองบัญชาการ
commander : the head of an army or army unit - ผู้บังคับบัญชา
committee : a group of people who are chosen, usually by a larger group, to make decisions or to deal with a particular subject - คณะกรรมการ
commute : to regularly travel between work and home - เดินทางระหว่างบ้านและที่ทำงาน
complicate : to make something more difficult to deal with, do or understand - ทำให้ยาก, ทำให้ซับซ้อน
Comptroller General (noun): the director of the government's accounting office - อธิบดีกรมบัญชีกลาง
conditions : the weather at a particular time - สภาพอากาศ
coordinate : to organise the different parts of a job or plan so that the people involved work together effectively - ประสานงานกัน
cope with : to deal successfully with a difficult situation or job - จัดการกับปัญหา แก้ปัญหา
court : the place where legal trials take place and where crimes, etc. are judged - ศาล
decades : periods of ten years - เป็นสิบๆปี
declare : to announce officially - ประกาศ
deploy : to put in place ready for use - นำมาใช้
deputy : a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง
desperate : extremely serious or dangerous - เต็มไปด้วยอันตราย
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
Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department (noun): A Thai agency under Ministry of Interior (MOI) to handle disaster management responsibilities - กรมป้องกันและบรรเทาสาธารณภัย
domestic : inside the country being talked about - ภายในประเทศ
downpour : a lot of rain in a short time - ฝนตกหนักมาก, พายุฝน
due to : because of - เนื่องจาก
ease : to make a problem, situation or pain less severe or serious - บรรเทา
electrocution : dying from an electrical shock or current - การตายด้วยไฟฟ้า
emergency : an unexpected situation involving danger in which immediate action is necessary - เหตุฉุกเฉิน
ensure : to make certain that something happens or is done - ให้การยืนยัน, รับรอง, ให้ความมั่นใจ
erect : to put the parts of something together so that it stands upright - ตั้งขึ้น
evacuate : to cause to leave a place because it is not safe - เคลื่อนย้ายออกจาก
flash flood : a flood that happens suddenly without warning - น้ำที่เกิดท่วมในที่ต่ำโดยฉับพลันทันทีและไหลลดลงอย่างรวดเร็ว
fled (past of flee) : escaped; left an area very quickly because of a danger there - หนีไป
forecast : a statement about what will happen in the future based on information available now - การพยากรณ์, การคาดการณ์
halt : to stop - หยุด
hasten : to make something happen sooner or more quickly - เร่งมือ
impassable : of a road or path that cannot be travelled on because it is blocked or because of bad weather conditions - ซึ่งผ่านไปไม่ได้
impossible (adjective): something that cannot happen - เป็นไปไม่ได้
improve : to get better - ดีขึ้น
installation (noun): a building or structure, especially one that is important for an army, industry, or government; a place where specialist equipment is kept and used - ค่ายทหาร, ที่ทำการกองบัญชาการ
inter-provincial (adj): going between provinces - ระหว่างจังหวัด
interior minister : the minister with responsibility over the Royal Thai Police, local administrations, internal security, citizenship, disaster management, land management, issuing national identity cards and public works - รัฐมนตรีว่าการกระทรวงมหาดไทย
inundated : flooded - ถูกน้ำท่วม, จมลงใต้น้ำ
issue : to officially announce or give out - ออก, ออกประกาศ, ออกคำสั่ง
level : the amount of liquid that there is in a container, which can be seen by how high the liquid is - ระดับ
locals : people who live in a particular place - ชาวบ้าน
locate : to find where someone or something is - หาทำเล,หาที่ตั้ง
low pressure : a condition of the air which affects the weather when the pressure is lower than average - ความกดอากาศต่ำ
mayor : the most important elected official in a town or city - นายกเทศมนตรี
meanwhile : at the same time - ในเวลาเดียวกัน
medical : connected with illness and injury and their treatment - ทางการแพทย์, ด้านการแพทย์, เกี่ยวกับการแพทย์
Meteorological Department : the government department in charge of determining what the weather will be in the future - กรมอุตุนิยมวิทยา
mission : an important piece of work that a person or a group of people has been given to do - ภาระกิจ หน้าที่
mobilise : to organise a group of people to do something - ระดมกำลัง
mountainous : having a lot of mountains -
municipal : of a town, city or district with its own local government - เทศบาล
on the loose (idiom): free; not yet caught -
operations : the activity or work done in an area of business or industry - ปฎิบัติการ
outbreak : the sudden start of something bad, e.g., a disease, a war, violence, etc. - การระบาดของโรค, การเกิดขึ้นอย่างรุนแรงและทันทีทันใด,
overflow : (of a river or body of water) to flood the land next to it - เอ่อล้น, ไหลล้น
oversee (verb): (past form: oversaw) to watch or organise a job or an activity to make certain that it is being done correctly - คุมงาน,ควบคุม
passenger : someone who travels in a motor vehicle, aircraft, train, or ship but is not the driver or one of the people who works on it - ผู้โดยสาร
patrol (verb): to go around an area or a building at regular times to check that it is safe and that there is no trouble - ลาดตระเวน
persistent : continuing - อย่างต่อเนื่อง
personnel : the people who are employed in a company, organization or one of the armed forces - บุคลากร, เจ้าหน้าที่, พนักงาน
populated (adj): having large numbers of people living there; having things existing there - มีผู้คนจำนวนมากอาศัยอยู่ที่นั่น; อาศัยอยู่
prevent (verb): to stop somebody from doing something; to stop something from happening - ขัดขวาง, ป้องกัน, กัน, กีดขวาง
private : involving groups, businesses or industries that are not owned or controlled by the government - เอกชน
provincial (adj): related to "provinces" , the different parts of a country - ประจำจังหวัด, ส่วนท้องถิ่น
public sector : government sector; part of the economy controlled by the government - ภาครัฐบาล
pulley (noun): a wheel or set of wheels over which a rope or chain is pulled in order to lift or lower heavy objects - รอก
rare : not often seen or found - หาได้ยาก
ravaged : destroyed; damaged very badly - ถูกทำลาย, เสียหาย, ถูกล้างผลาญ
relief : help for improving a bad physical condition or a bad situation - การผ่อนคลาย, การบรรเทา
relief : money, food, medicine etc. that is given to help people in places where there has been a natural disaster, war, etc. - เครื่องบรรเทาสาธารณภัย
reptile : any animal that has cold blood and skin covered in scales, and that lays eggs, e.g., snakes, crocodiles, etc. - สัตว์เลื้อยคลาน
rescue : saving a person or animal from a dangerous or unpleasant situation - การช่วยชีวิต
residents : people who live in a particular area - ประชาชนที่อาศัยในท้องที่
role : the position or purpose that someone or something has in a situation, organisation, society or relationship - บทบาท
route : the roads used to go from one place to another - เส้นทาง
run-off : rain, water or other liquid that runs off land into streams and rivers - น้ำหลาก
runway (noun): a long narrow strip of ground with a hard surface that an aircraft takes off from and lands on - ทางขึ้นลงของเครื่องบิน
scene : a view that you can see in a picture or from the place where you are - วิว,,ภาพ, ทิวทัศน์,ทัศนียภาพ
scheduled : planned to happen at a particular time or day - ตามตารางเวลา
scores : large numbers of - จำนวนมาก
severe : very serious and worrying - ที่รุนแรง ที่น่าเป็นห่วง
shelter : a place where people are protected from danger or bad weather; a temporary place to stay - ที่หลบภัย ที่พักชั่วคราว
situation : all the circumstances and things that are happening at a particular time and in a particular place - สถานการณ์
snarl (verb): to become caught or twisted; to make something do this; to involve somebody/something in a situation that stops their movement or progress; to become involved in a situation like this - ทำให้ติดขัด
species : a set of animals or plants in which the members have similar characteristics to each other and can breed with each other - พันธ์,จำพวก
spokesman : a person who speaks on behalf of a group or an organization - โฆษก
steady : staying at the same level, speed, value etc - ไม่เปลี่ยนแปลง, สม่ำเสมอ
stepped up : increased - เพิ่ม
stranded : left somewhere with no way of going anywhere else - ปล่อยเกาะ ถูกทิ้งไว้
struggle (verb): to try hard to do something that you find very difficult - พยายาม; ต่อสู้
stuck : unable to move, or fixed in a particular position or place - ติด
supplies : the things such as food, medicines, fuel, etc. that are needed by a group of people - สิ่งที่จัดหาให้, เสบียง, เวชภัณฑ์
suspended (verb): stopped for a short time - หยุดชั่วคราว
suspension : stopping for a period of time - การยกเลิกชั่วคราว, การระงับชั่วคราว
task : something that you have to do, often something that is difficult or unpleasant - ภารกิจ
temporary : done or used for only a limited period of time, i.e., not permanent - ชั่วคราว
tense : feeling nervous or worried - เครียด
terminal : a large building at an airport where passengers arrive and leave - อาคารผู้โดยสาร
urge : to advise someone very strongly about what action or attitude they should take - ผลักดัน, กระตุ้น
volunteer (noun): someone who is not paid for the work that they do; someone who does something willingly without being required to - อาสาสมัคร
warn : to make someone aware of a possible problem or danger - เตือน
zoo (noun): a place where many kinds of wild animals are kept for the public to see and where they are studied, bred and protected - สวนสัตว์