3,000 houses flooded in Chaiyaphum

3,000 houses flooded in Chaiyaphum

Rescuers string a rope to people perching on a rooftop in flooded Nong Phak Waen village in Chaiyaphum's Bamnet Narong district. (Photos: Prasit Tangprasert)
Rescuers string a rope to people perching on a rooftop in flooded Nong Phak Waen village in Chaiyaphum's Bamnet Narong district. (Photos: Prasit Tangprasert)

More than 3,000 houses in 23 villages in Chiayaphum are suffering what is said to be the most severe flooding in 100 years.

Tambon Ban Phet was the worst affected. There were 23 villages in the sub-district with more than 3,000 homes. All the houses were flooded.

Of the 23 villages, Nong Phak Waen, or Moo 21 village, with about 600 houses, was hardest hit.

The entire village was inundated with water about 2 metres deep. Some of the houses were completely submerged. Residents had been forced up onto their rooftops.

Rescuers and local officials were using boats to evacuate them to temples and schools on higher ground.

The rescue was made difficult by the deep, rapidly flowing water. Villagers had to be lowered from the rooftops on slings to the rescue boats.

The mayor said this year's flooding in Bamnet Narong district was probably the most severe in 100 years.

On Monday morning, the water level was steady, raising hopes it had peaked and would gradually recede and return to normal in a week or so, he said.

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Vocabulary

  • evacuate: to force to leave an area - ถูกไล่ที่
  • force (verb): to make someone do something that they don't want to do - บังคับ
  • inundated: flooded - ถูกน้ำท่วม, จมลงใต้น้ำ
  • mayor: the most important elected official in a town or city - นายกเทศมนตรี
  • rapidly: happening quickly - อย่างรวดเร็ว
  • recede: to move back; to move further away into the distance; subside - ลดลง, ถอยหลัง
  • sling: a set of belts and ropes used for supporting something heavy while it is being lifted or transported - ห่วงเชือก สายหนัง หรือโซ่สำหรับดึงรั้งของหนัก
  • submerged: under water - จมน้ำ อยู่ใต้น้ำ
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