Bangkok braces for heavy rainfall, flooding

Bangkok braces for heavy rainfall, flooding

Another high pressure system from China will dump heavy raid and probably cause floods in Bangkok from Wednesday until the weekend.
Another high pressure system from China will dump heavy raid and probably cause floods in Bangkok from Wednesday until the weekend.

City Hall has rolled out preventative measures against flooding in Bangkok as heavy rains have been forecast this month by the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD).

Narong Ruangsri, deputy director of the Department of Drainage and Sewerage, said on Sunday that the measures were devised following the latest warning by the TMD.

The upper part of Thailand, including Bangkok, will experience heavy rains and thunderstorms from Wednesday until Friday due to a high-pressure system from China while some parts of the southern region will face downpours from Monday through Thursday.

City Hall workers will dredge roadside ditches and clean drainage facilities as well as remove rubbish and weeds blocking water flow so they can absorb and discharge rainwater to natural watercourses including the Chao Phraya River, as preparations step up.

Maintenance will be performed on water pump stations in preparation of an influx of floodwater.

Mr Narong said City Hall instructed contractors to speed up the construction of water pipelines for flood control works underground in several locations such as Song Sawat, Yaowarat, Charoen Krung, Narathiwat Ratchanakharin and Suan Phlu Roads.

Mr Narong also sought cooperation from the public not to throw garbage into local waterways as it would block water flow.

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Vocabulary

  • absorb: to take in a liquid, gas or other substance from the surface or space around - ซึมซับ ดูดกลืน
  • devise: to invent a method of doing something - คิดขึ้นใหม่
  • discharge: to let a liquid flow out - ปล่อยออก, ขับออก
  • ditch: a long narrow open channel dug into the ground usually at the side of a road or field, which is used especially for supplying or removing water, or for dividing land - คูน้ำ
  • drainage: the system of water or waste liquids flowing away from somewhere into the ground or down pipes - การระบายน้ำ
  • dredge: to remove unwanted things from the bottom of a river, canal, lake, etc. using a sucking or other device - ขุดลอก
  • high-pressure system (noun): a condition of the air which affects the weather when the pressure is higher than average - ความกดอากาศสูง
  • influx: a large number of people or things coming in to a place - การหลั่งไหล การไหลบ่า  (เข้าไปยังที่ใดที่หนึ่ง)
  • maintenance: work that is done to keep something such as a building, machine, or piece of equipment repaired and in good condition - การซ่อมบำรุง
  • step up: to increase - เพิ่ม
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