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Floodwaters have reached Don Mueang Airport, forcing a halt to all flight operations until at least next Tuesday.

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Floodwater laps the front of Don Mueang airport on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road where the government is running its flood relief operations centre in Bangkok. Flight operations were halted there yesterday due to the flooded airfield. NATTHITI AMPRIWAN

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Floods close Don Mueang

Floodwaters have reached Don Mueang Airport, forcing a halt to all flight operations until at least next Tuesday. 

With the opening of Suvarnabhumi as Bangkok’s primary airport this is no longer the front-page story it would have been years ago, but it is a big blow nevertheless.

Airports of Thailand (AoT) chairman ACM Sumet Phomanee said the airport was closed to flights from 2pm yesterday. Floodwater entered the runways of Don Mueang from the adjacent Wing 6 of the air force based to the east.

Don Mueang airport director Kanphat Mangkhlasiri said floodwater affected friction on the runway of the airport and it would be closed until 5pm on Tuesday.

He said floodwater entering northern Bangkok had impacted the power supply and visual air navigation aids of the airport.

The government's flood relief centre will continue to operate at Don Mueang for the time being.

The suspension of Don Mueang airport operations affect Orient Thai Airlines and Nok Air that are based there.

Orient Thai Airlines chief executive officer Manasnant Tantiprasongchai said the airline had moved all of its flights from Don Mueang airport to Suvarnabhumi. That involves 10 domestic and one international flight per day.

Nok Air chief executive officer Patee Sarasin said the airline suspended its services from noon yesterday until Oct 31.

"It may resume flights on Nov 1," he said. "We do not know how much floodwater will flow in. We cannot estimate it.”

Meanwhile, Suvarnabhumi airport continues to operate normally. Since it was built in what used to be a swamp, however, some industry executives have expressed great concern that it could face a similar fate unless more effective measures are put in place to protect it.

Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post by Amornrat Mahitthirook & Boonsong Kositchotethana. You can read the full story here: http://bit.ly/vdyQk0

lap – to touch something gently and regularly, often making a soft sound ซัด
Flood Relief Operations Centre – the government's centre for assisting flood victims ศูนย์ปฎิบัติการช่วยเหลือผู้ประสบอุทกภัย(ศปภ)
operations – the activity or work done in an area of business or industry ปฎิบัติการ
halt – to stop หยุด
due to – because of เนื่องจาก
primary – most important ที่สำคัญที่สุด
blow – an event that damages your chances of success สิ่งที่ทำให้เกิดความเสียหาย
nevertheless – despite what has just been said or referred to แต่อย่างไรก็ตาม
runway – a long narrow strip of ground with a hard surface that an aircraft takes off from and lands on ทางขึ้นลงของเครื่องบิน
adjacent – very near, next to, or touching ติดกัน
friction – the action of one object or surface moving against another; the resistance (= the force that stops something moving) of one surface to another surface or substance moving over or through it การเสียดสี, การขัดสีกันระหว่างวัตถุ
impact – to an effect or influence on someone/something  มีผลกระทบ
visual – relating to sight เกี่ยวกับการมองเห็น
navigational –the process of finding a path or direction to get somewhere การนำทาง
aid – an object, a machine, a sign, etc. that you use to help you do something สิ่งช่วย
for the time being – for the present time, but probably not for a long time พลาง
suspension – stopping for a period of time การยกเลิกชั่วคราว, การระงับชั่วคราว
domestic – inside the country being talked about ภายในประเทศ
resume – to begin again after stopping for a period of time  เริ่มอีกครั้ง, กลับมาอีกครั้ง
estimate – to say what you think an amount or value is or will be, either by using available information or by guessing คาดคะเน
meanwhile – at the same time ในเวลาเดียวกัน
swamp – an area of land covered by water where trees and plants grow หนองน้ำ
express – to tell someone about a feeling, opinion, or aim by speaking or writing about it แสดงออก (ทางความคิดหรือความรู้สึก) โดยใช้คำพูดหรือการเขียน, พูดออกมา
concern – worry ความกังวล
similar – like somebody/something but not exactly the same คล้ายกัน
fate – the things that happen to someone/something, especially unpleasant things ชะตากรรม
effective – producing the result that was intended ได้ผลดี
measure – a firm action taken to solve a problem or stop an a dangerous unpleasant situation มาตราการ
protect – to make sure that somebody/something is not harmed, injured, damaged, etc ป้องกัน,อารักขา,คุ้มกัน


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