Bangkok continues to fall apart

Bangkok continues to fall apart

Bangkok is falling apart – or so it seems. In the latest incident, a big section of a footpath on Rama III Road near Khlong Bang Khlo collapsed on Monday

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A section of footpath along Rama III Road in Bang Kholaem district has fallen in following a leak from an underground water main. KOSOL NAKACHOL

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Bangkok continues to fall apart

Bangkok is falling apart – or so it seems if you follow the news. There have been fires in poorly-protected high-rise buildings and, at ground level, highways and footpaths are collapsing.

In the latest incident, a section of a footpath on Rama III Road near Khlong Bang Khlo collapsed on Monday after land beneath it subsided  after years of land erosion along the banks of the canal.

The subsidence, which took place late on Monday night, created a hole 3m deep, 5m wide and 22m long.

Thanes Weerasiri, secretary-general of the Engineering Institute of Thailand, said water had leaked from the main and washed soil from under the footpath into a nearby canal.

Without its soil foundations, the footpath between Rama III Road Soi 21 and Rama III Road Soi 23 collapsed.

Mr Thanes recommended that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration place sheet piles in the area to stop further erosion and rebuild a concrete embankment and the section of footpath which collapsed.

Deputy Bangkok Governor Thirachon Manomaipibul said recent renovations of the footpath’s surface also might have contributed to the collapse.

Mr Thirachon said he had told City Hall’s engineers to revise guidelines on renovating footpaths, especially for those near waterways, to make sure the work observes sound engineering principles and the public is safe from any subsidence.

Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post.

section – any of the parts into which something is divided ส่วน, ส่วนที่ตัดออก, ส่วนย่อย
leak – (of a liquid or gas) flowing out of a hole or crack การรั่วไหล
main; mains – a large pipe that carries water or gas to a building; a large cable that carries electricity to a building;, the system of providing gas, water and electricity to  buildings or of carrying it away from buildings สายหลัก (ท่อหรือสายเคเบิลใหญ่)
fall apart – to be in very bad condition so that parts are breaking off แตกเป็นชิ้นๆ, แตก
high-rise – a building is very tall with many floors or levels อาคาร ซึ่งมีหลายชั้น
level – the height of something in relation to the ground  ระดับ
collapse – to fall down suddenly พังลงมา  ล้ม, พังครืน
incident – something that happens, usually something bad เหตุการณ์
subside – to sink to a lower level จมลง
erosion – gradually destroying the surface of something through the action of wind, rain, etc; to be gradually destroyed in this way การกัดกร่อน,การเซาะ
bank – a raised area of land along the side of a river  ริมฝั่งแม่น้ำ
soil – the substance on the surface of the Earth in which plants grow ดิน
foundation – supporting structure รากฐาน
recommend – to advise someone that they should do something  แนะนำ
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) – the local government of Bangkok กรุงเทพมหานคร
pile (or piling) – a large strong post that is driven into the ground to support a building or other structure เสาเข็ม
sheet – a thin flat piece of metal, plastic, glass, paper etc  สิ่งที่เป็นแผ่นแบน (เช่น แผ่นเหล็ก, แผ่นกระดาษ, แผ่นแก้ว)
embankment – a slope made of earth or stone that rises up from either side of a road, railway/railroad, river, etc. มูลดิน,ตลิ่งทาง
renovation – making something old look new again by repairing and improving it, especially a building การปฏิสังขรณ์, การทำให้มีสภาพดีเหมือนเดิม, การบูรณะ, การซ่อมแซมใหม่
surface – the outside or top layer of something  ผิวหน้า, ผิวภายนอก, ด้านนอก
contribute to – to help to cause an event or situation ช่วยก่อให้เกิด
City Hall – a city government, in this case, the Bangkok city government  กรุงเทพมหานคร
revise – to change, improve, or make additions to something แก้ไข
guidelines – official instructions or advice about how to do something สิ่งที่ช่วยแนะแนวทางให้ปฏิบัติ
observe – to obey rules, laws, etc  ยินยอมทำตาม (ทางกฎหมายหรือประเพณี)
sound – sensible; that you can rely on and that will probably give good results ไม่มีข้อบกพร่อง, ที่ไม่เสียหาย
principle – a basic idea or rule that explains or controls how something happens or works ทฤษฎี, ข้อปฏิบัติ, หลักปฏิบัติ

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