The main streets of Nakhon Si Thammarat town were knee-to-waist deep at the peak of the flood. (Reuters photo)
Outbreaks of heavy to very heavy rain are forecast for 13 provinces central and southern from now until tomorrow. Almost one million people have been affected, with 19 dead and one missing.
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Monday afternoon update
Police hero safe after being swept away in flood while rescuing boy
A policeman who saved a boy's life and was then swept away by a flash flood in Krabi on Sunday night was found alive, battered and exhausted, clinging to a tree early on Monday.
Pol Sgt Major Kritthanapol Samranjit, of Krabi police station, rescued a boy unable to stand up in the surging flood at a bridge in Muang district about 9.15pm on Sunday while he was on traffic duty.
The boy was helped to safety but the traffic officer was swept away by the strong, rapidly rising current.
Rescuers and colleagues searched desperately and finally found Pol Sr Sgt Maj Kritthanapol about 1am on Monday and took him to Krabi Hospital, according to the #RTPspokesmen Facebook account.
He was found clinging to a tree he had managed to reach, exhausted and battered but otherwise well. It was unclear how far the strong current took him from the bridge where he rescued the boy.
His heroic act drew praise on social media, with people wishing him a quick recovery.
The Krabi municipality was one of the areas in Krabi hard hit by sudden floods from storm run-off on Sunday night as heavy rain continued to pound the southern region.
Muang district chief Suriyan Narongkul told INN on Monday that the water had drained off and the situation had return turned normal in the municipality.
More rain today for ravaged South as deaths hit 19.
Thirteen provinces in the lower Central region and the South have been warned to brace for more possible flash floods as heavy rain is forecast over the next day or so, according to the Meteorological Department yesterday.
A forecast model for tonight and tomorrow via Thaiwater.net The heaviest rain should be in the upper South with some improvement elsewhere.
Outbreaks of heavy to very heavy rain are forecast for the 13 provinces from now until tomorrow as an active low pressure cell over the Andaman Sea and the west coast of the South moves north slowly into the Gulf of Martaban and Myanmar, according to the weather bureau.
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.
A strong northeast monsoon still prevails over the Gulf of Thailand and the South, causing waves of up to 2-3 metres high in the Gulf and Andaman Sea.
All vessels should proceed with caution, and small boats should remain ashore for the next few days.
According to the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, the floods have ravaged 10 provinces in the region since the new year, with the situation starting to ease in Yala and Ranong.
More than 958,000 people have been affected, with 19 people killed and one missing.
In Songkhla, fourteen of the 16 districts of the southern provinces have been declared flood disaster areas. Only Na Thawi and Thepha districts were spared the designation.
The air force deployed a C-130 military transport aircraft to carry relief items, essentials, food, drinking water and flat-bottomed boats to Wing 56 based in Songkhla where they were distributed to flood victims, particularly in Nakhon Si Thammarat's Cha-uat district which is among the areas hardest hit by floods.
Air Force personnel load relief supplies and essentials, including those from the Friends in Need (of 'Pa') Volunteers Foundation, onto a military transport aircraft at Wing 6 of Don Mueang on Sunday. THITI WANNAMONTHA
In Nakhon Si Thammarat, while floodwater levels remained high in some districts on the outskirts – such as Cha-uat, Chian Yai, Chalerm Prakiat, Phra Phom, Tham Phannara, Nop Phi Tham, and Sichon – flood levels began to recede in the provincial municipality, with road surfaces becoming visible.
The main roads in central Nakhon Si Thammarat – Ratchadamnoen and Pattanakarn Khukwang roads – were opened to all types of vehicles, though some communities were still submerged in 50cm-high water.
Government agencies and private companies yesterday set up kitchens at several locations and cooked food for flood victims.
Rawadee Hotel in Muang district of Nakhon Si Thammarat has also provided free accommodation for flood victims.
Capt Apichart Tinnaluck, head of a water-propelling operation unit based in Nakhon Si Thammarat, said huge waves forced the navy's giant dock landing ship, HTMS Angthong, to dock at a port of Songkhla, instead of a port at Nakhon Si Thammarat's Pak Panang district as originally planned.
From Songkhla, a total of 50 water-propelling boats were unloaded from the ship and carried on trucks to Nakhon Si Thammarat's Hua Sai and Pak Panang districts to support the draining of floodwater to the sea.
Each boat has the capacity of propelling 24 cubic metres of water per minute, Capt Apichart added.
In Trang, provincial governor Siripat Pattakul alerted flood-prone areas along the Banthat mountain range and those living on islands and near high hills, of possible forest run-off and mudslides as heavy rain had continued unabated in the province.
Above: Surat Thani residents forced from their homes sleep outside a Lotus mini-mart, which provided flood victims with free food. (Post Today photos)
While flooding in most areas in Trang began to recede, floods remained high in areas along the banks of the Trang River as they took in water from upstream locations.
In Chumphon, Watjana Watjanakupt, head of the provincial disaster prevention and mitigation office, said the flood situation in Lang Suan district was still critical, with flood levels as high as one metre in low-lying areas, which was affecting local morale. At this stage, cooked food is the most essential for flood victims, she said, adding that more than 47,000 people in Chumphon have been affected.
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accommodation : a place for someone to stay, live, or work - ที่พัก
adj (noun): connected with soldiers or the armed forces - ในทางทหาร,เกี่ยวกับทหาร
affected (verb): having received an effect or influence - ถูกผลกระทบ, มีผลต่อ
agency (noun): a government department that provides a particular service - หน่วยงานราชการ
alert : to tell someone in about a danger or problem so that they can take action to deal with it - เตือนภัย
ashore : on land; towards, onto or on land, having come from an area of water such as the sea or a river - บนบก, เทียบฝั่ง, เกยฝั่ง
banks : the raised areas of land along the side of a river - ริมฝั่งแม่น้ำ, ตลิ่ง
battered (adj): hit or attacked violently and injured; attacked and badly damaged by weapons or by bad weather - ทุบตีอย่างทารุณ
brace for (verb): to get ready for something, usually something unpleasant or difficult to deal with - เตรียมรับมือ
capacity : the ability to do a particular thing - ความสามารถ,สมรรถภาพ
caution : careful thought and lack of hurry in order to try to avoid risks or danger - ความระมัดระวัง
cling : to hold on to something tightly - ติดแน่น
colleagues (noun): people who work in the same organisation, department or field as you do - เพื่อนร่วมงาน
community : the people living in one particular area - ชุมชน
critical (adj): (of a bad situation) very serious or dangerous - รุนแรง วิกฤต
cubic metre : the volume of a cube with edges one metre in length - ลูกบาศก์เมตร
current : a strong movement of water in one direction - กระแสน้ำ
declare : to announce officially - ประกาศ
deploy : to put into position and made ready for use - การนำลงประจำท้องที่
designation (noun): saying officially that somebody/something has a particular character or name; to describe somebody/something in a particular way - การกำหนด
desperately : in a very worried or angry way - อย่างสิ้นหวัง
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
distribute : to give something out to many different places - แจกจ่าย
dock (verb): to arrive at an enclosed area of water in a port, where ships stay; to stop a boat at a landing point such as a pier - จอดเรือ, เทียบท่า
docks (noun): the place where ships are loaded and unloaded in a port which contains and equipment for building and repairing ships - บริเวรอู่เรือ, ท่าเรือ
drain : to cause water or fluid to flow out - ระบายออก
draining : the process of taking away of water or other liquids from an area - การระบายน้ำ
duty : something that you have to do because it is part of your job, or something that you feel is the right thing to do - หน้าที่, ภารกิจ, ความรับผิดชอบ
ease : to make a problem, situation or pain less severe or serious - บรรเทา
elsewhere : another place or other places - ที่อื่น
essential : necessary - ที่จำเป็น
essentials : basics; things that are necessary - สิ่งจำเป็น
exhausted : extremely tired - เหน็ดเหนื่อย
flash flood : a flood that happens suddenly without warning - น้ำที่เกิดท่วมในที่ต่ำโดยฉับพลันทันทีและไหลลดลงอย่างรวดเร็ว
forecast : a statement about what will happen in the future based on information available now - การพยากรณ์, การคาดการณ์
foundation : an organisation that provides money for things such as medical research or for a charity - มูลนิธิ
governor : a person who is chosen to be in charge of the government of a state or province or a government agency - ผู้ว่าการรัฐ, ผู้ว่าราชการจังหวัด
heroic : showing great determination to succeed or to achieve something, especially something difficult - อย่างกล้าหาญ
improvement : when something gets better or when you make it better - การปรับปรุง, การทำให้ดีขึ้น
items (noun): articles or objects - รายการ, รายการสิ่งของ
level : the amount of liquid that there is in a container, river, dam, etc., which can be seen by how high the liquid is - ระดับ
local : in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about - ท้องถิ่น
location : where someone or something is - ที่ตั้ง,ทำเล
low pressure : a condition of the air which affects the weather when the pressure is lower than average - ความกดอากาศต่ำ
Meteorological Department : the government department in charge of determining what the weather will be in the future - กรมอุตุนิยมวิทยา
missing (adj): lost; not able to find someone/something; not in the usual place because it has been removed or lost - ซึ่งหายไป
monsoon : the season of heavy rain during the summer in hot Asian countries - มรสุม
morale : the amount of confidence and enthusiasm, etc. that a person or a group has at a particular time - กำลังใจ, ขวัญ
mudslide : a large amount of mud sliding down a mountain, often destroying buildings and injuring or killing people below - ทะเลโคลนที่มาจากภูเขาทำลายบ้านเรือนและผู้คน
municipality : a town, city or district with its own local government - เทศบาล
normal (adj.): typical, usual or ordinary; what you would expect - ปกติ, ภาวะปกติ
operation : an activity which is planned to achieve something - การดำเนินการ
originally : the situation that existed at the beginning of a particular period or activity, especially before something was changed - อย่างเป็นอันแรก, โดยแรกเริ่ม
outbreak : the sudden start of something bad, e.g., a disease, a war, violence, etc. - การระบาดของโรค, การเกิดขึ้นอย่างรุนแรงและทันทีทันใด,
outskirts : the areas at the edge of a city - ชานเมือง
particularly : especially, or more than usual - โดยเฉพาะ
personnel : the people who are employed in a company, organization or one of the armed forces - บุคลากร, เจ้าหน้าที่, พนักงาน
port : an area of water where ships stop, including the buildings around it - ท่าเรือ
praise : an expression of strong approval or admiration - การยกย่อง, การชื่นชม
prevail : to be the strongest influence or element in a situation - เป็นจริง, มีอำนาจเหนือกว่า
private : involving groups, businesses or industries that are not owned or controlled by the government - เอกชน
proceed : to carry out an activity - ดำเนินการ
propel : to move or push someone or something forward - ขับเคลื่อน, ขับดัน
range : a line or group of mountains or hills - ทิวเขา, แนวเขา, เทือกเขา
ravaged : destroyed; damaged very badly - ถูกทำลาย, เสียหาย, ถูกล้างผลาญ
recede : to move back; to move further away into the distance; subside - ลดลง, ถอยหลัง
recovery (noun): the process of becoming normal and healthy again - การฟื้นตัว, การฟื้นฟู
relief : money, food, medicine etc. that is given to help people in places where there has been a natural disaster, war, etc. - เครื่องบรรเทาสาธารณภัย
remain (verb): to stay in the same place; to not leave - ยังอยู่, พักอยู่, รออยู่
rescue : to save a person or animal from a dangerous or unpleasant situation - ช่วยชีวิต
residents : people who live in a particular area - ประชาชนที่อาศัยในท้องที่
run-off : rain, water or other liquid that runs off land into streams and rivers - น้ำหลาก
search (verb): to look somewhere carefully in order to find someone/something - ค้นหา
situation : all the circumstances and things that are happening at a particular time and in a particular place - สถานการณ์
spare : to prevent someone from having to experience something unpleasant - ละเว้น, งดเว้น, ยกโทษให้,อภัยโทษ
submerged : under water - จมน้ำ
surface : the outside or top layer of something - ผิวหน้า, ผิวภายนอก, ด้านนอก
surging (adj): increasing suddenly - เพิ่มขึ้นอย่างรวดเร็ว
sweep away : to destroy or to completely remove something - พัดพาไป (ตามลมหรือน้ำ)
transport : moving people or things from one place to another - การขนส่ง
unabated : without becoming any less strong - ไม่ลดน้อยลง,ไม่อ่อนลง
unit : a part of a company or organisation that carries out a particular function; a group of people who work or live together, especially for a particular purpose - หน่วย,กอง,กลุ่ม
unload (verb): remove things from the ship, plane, train, truck, etc that they are being carried in - เอาขึ้น, ขนขึ้น, ถ่ายของ, ถ่ายสินค้า, ถ่ายเทสินค้า
upstream : along a river, in the opposite direction to which the river is flowing - ต้นน้ำ
vessel : a boat or ship - เรือ
victims : people who are killed injured or harmed in some way from an accident, natural disaster, crime, etc. - เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย
visible : able to be seen - ที่มองเห็นได้
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
wave : a raised line of water that moves across the surface of the sea, ocean, etc - คลื่น
weather bureau (Meteorological Department) : the government department in charge of determining what the weather will be in the future - กรมอุตุนิยมวิทยา