High tide causes flooding in Samut Prakan

High tide causes flooding in Samut Prakan

Rescue workers use a flat boat to help residents. A high tide suddenly submerged a residential area in tambon Khlong Dan of Bang Bo district, Samut Prakan, on Thursday night. (Photo by Sutthiwit Chayutworakan)
Rescue workers use a flat boat to help residents. A high tide suddenly submerged a residential area in tambon Khlong Dan of Bang Bo district, Samut Prakan, on Thursday night. (Photo by Sutthiwit Chayutworakan)

SAMUT PRAKAN: A high tide overflowed causing flash flooding in about 40 homes on Thursday night.

Moo 5 village of tambon Khlong Dan was flooded without warning about 7.30pm. Within 10 minutes about 40 houses were inundated by water up to a metre deep. There were no injuries, but property damage was serious.

Somjai Srisook, a retired irrigation official, said it was an unusually high and overflowed the protection of the under-construction Cholahan Pichit pumping station. All houses in the village were flooded, with many people stranded in their homes, he said.

Villager Chaluay Khaohomklin, 50, said construction workers ran to warn residents of the danger, but the water advanced too fast for her to move her belongings.

"The water was waist deep. This has never happened here before, not since I settled here when I was seven," she said.

Samut Prakan governor Chatchai Uthaipan said the tide was as high as 3.7 metres and overflowed the levees.

All local pumps were usedto drain the water from the low-lying area, and levees and embankments at the site and nearby would be raised higher to prevent a recurrence, he said.

Vocabulary

  • embankment: a slope made of earth, stone or cement that rises up from either side of a road, railway/railroad, river, etc. - มูลดิน,ตลิ่งทาง, เขื่อน
  • inundated: flooded - ถูกน้ำท่วม, จมลงใต้น้ำ
  • irrigation: the process of bringing water to land through a system of pipes, ditches, etc. in order to make crops grow - ระบบชลประทาน
  • levee: a low wall built at the side of a river to prevent it from flooding - เขื่อนป้องกันน้ำท่วม
  • protection: the act of protecting somebody/something; the state of being protected - การอารักขา, การปกป้อง
  • stranded: left somewhere with no way of going anywhere else - ปล่อยเกาะ ถูกทิ้งไว้
  • unusually: different from what is usual or normal - ผิดปกติ
  • waist: the middle part of the body that is narrower than the parts above and below   - เอว

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