Rain causes flooding in Chiang Mai

Rain causes flooding in Chiang Mai

Many areas in Chom Thong district of Chiang Mai province were hit by flash floods caused by heavy rain throughout Friday night.

According to media reports on Saturday, the continuous rain had increased the volume of the Mae Klang waterfall in Doi Inthanon National Park and caused runoff. The area had received an average of 110 millimetres of rain per hour.

Roads, including Highway 108 (Chiang Mai-Hot), and four villages in tambon Khuang Pao were inundated. Drainage was slow on roads, including Highway 108, forcing motorists to avoid some lanes and leading to traffic congestion, the reports said.

Personnel and equipment have been mobilised to speed up drainage in homes. Conditions were expected to return to normal on Saturday, as water levels in many areas started to recede.

Local authorities have yet to estimate the cost of the flood damage.

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Vocabulary

  • continuous: happening or existing for a period of time without interruption - ซึ่งติดต่อกัน, ซึ่งต่อเนื่องกัน
  • damage (noun): physical harm caused to something which makes it less attractive, useful or valuable - ความเสียหาย
  • drainage: the process of taking away of water or other liquids from an area - การระบายน้ำ
  • inundated: flooded - ถูกน้ำท่วม, จมลงใต้น้ำ
  • mobilise: (of soldiers, police or other groups of people) to prepare to do something such as fight a war - เตรียมกำลังพร้อมรบ
  • recede: to move back; to move further away into the distance - ถอยหลัง
  • runoff: rainfall that cannot be taken in by the soil and which flows into rivers, lakes or the sea - น้ำหลาก, ปริมาณของเหลวที่ไหลออก
  • volume (noun): an amount of something - ปริมาณ
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