Floodwater rising in central Chiang Mai

Flooding was expanding in the heart of Chiang Mai as the overflowing Ping River continued to the rise amid persistent rain on Monday.

Floodwater rising in central Chiang Mai
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Floodwater rising in central Chiang Mai

published : 3 Oct 2022 at 13:50

writer: Gary Boyle

ORIGINAL SOURCE/WRITER: Panumate Tanraksa

The Ping River overflows into Muang district of Chiang Mai on Monday morning, with the level approaching that recorded during the severe flooding of 2011. (Photo: Panumet Tanraksa)

Flooding was expanding in the heart of Chiang Mai as the overflowing Ping River continued to the rise amid persistent rain on Monday.

About 1,000 households were inundated after the Ping River burst its banks on Sunday night. The flood continued on Monday morning. Nearby residents were being advised to move their belongings to high ground.

Although sandbags were stacked up along the banks of the Ping River, water rose up from sewers in the city centre.

The level of the Ping River at Nawarat Bridge was 4.52 metres, which was 0.82 metres above its safe level.

The situation was approaching the severe flooding of 2011, when the level of the Ping River neared 5  metres.

The water was up to a metre deep in some areas and residents were evacuated. Several schools and government offices were closed on Monday due to flooding. They were largely on Chang Khlan and Charoen Prathet roads, but also in Pa Phrao Nok and Nong Hoi areas.

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Vocabulary

  • belongings: the things you own - ข้าวของเครื่องใช้
  • burst its banks (of a river): to flood; to have water go over the sides - ล้นตลิ่ง
  • evacuate: to cause to leave a place because it is not safe - เคลื่อนย้ายออกจาก
  • inundated: flooded - ถูกน้ำท่วม, จมลงใต้น้ำ
  • severe: very serious and worrying - ที่รุนแรง ที่น่าเป็นห่วง
  • sewers (noun): underground pipes or passages that carry sewage (liquid waste) - ท่อน้ำเสีย, ท่อระบายน้ำ
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