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Mudslide toll rises to five, army called in


The death toll from the Uttaradit mudslides has risen to five, with two still missing as Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra ordered authorities to speed up search, rescue and rebuilding operations.

Ms Yingluck visited villages devastated by Friday’s flash flood and mudslide yesterday afternoon, just hours after opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva arrived at the villages to hand out survival kits.

The two did not meet.

The premier was nearly brought to tears when she saw the damaged homes and devastation in Ban Ton Khanoon – one of the four villages struck by a mudslide in Nam Pat district.

“I feel so sorry for the people affected by the disaster,” she said, adding that searching for the missing people and repairing damaged roads were the two most urgent tasks.

The Social Development and Human Security Ministry and the Princess Pa Foundation will build at least 50 knock-down homes for people who lost their homes in the disaster, she said.

Ms Yingluck said she had instructed military engineers and the Interior Ministry to take the lead in rebuilding and rehabilitation operations.

She met Defence Minister Yutthasak Sasiprapa and army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha earlier to ask for the military’s cooperation in helping disaster victims in Uttaradit. “The army has agreed to take part in installing disaster warning systems in the villages,” she said.

Uttaradit governor Yothin Samutkhiri said the flash flood and mudslide destroyed 41 homes and partly damaged 48 others, and damaged 21 roads and nine bridges.

A total of 2,028 villagers from 705 families were affected.

Search and rescue units yesterday found two more bodies, bringing the death toll to five.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Preecha Rengsomboonsuk said the water run-off caused substantial damage because there was no forest to slow down the raging water.

The minister, who inspected the villages yesterday, said check dams should be built on waterways flowing into villages to help slow down the water.

The Mineral Resources Department (MRD), which is in charge of identifying villages at risk of flash floods and mudslides, will conduct a new round of surveys to make sure that all disaster-prone villages are included on its hazard maps, he said. The four villages in Uttaradit are not on current mudslide-risk maps.

Flooding continued to ravage many provinces yesterday with water levels in several major rivers rising rapidly amid heavy rainfall, which inundated riverbank communities.

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stare – to look at someone or something very directly for a long time จ้องมอง
sweep away – to destroy or to completely remove something พัดพาไป (ตามลมหรือน้ำ)
trigger – to cause ก่อให้เกิด
mudslide – a large amount of mud sliding down a mountain, often destroying buildings and injuring or killing people below ทะเลโคลนที่มาจากภูเขาทำลายบ้านเรือนและผู้คน
toll – the number of deaths and injuries caused by a disaster, accident, disease, etc. การสูญเสีย
missing – not present after an accident, natural disaster, battle, etc. but not known to have been killed ไม่พบ,หายไป, สูญหาย
authorities – people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
search – looking somewhere or through something carefully in order to find something การค้นหา
rescue – saving a person or animal from a dangerous or unpleasant situation การช่วยชีวิต
operation – a planned activity involving a lot of people, especially soldiers, police officers or rescue workers การปฏิบัติการ
devastated – badly damaged or destroyed ถูกทำลายล้าง
flash flood – a flood that happens suddenly without warning น้ำที่เกิดท่วมในที่ต่ำโดยฉับพลันทันทีและไหลลดลงอย่างรวดเร็ว
opposition – of a political party that is not part of the government ฝ่ายค้าน
survival kit – a box or container containing things that you need in order to stay alive if you are in a difficult or dangerous situation in which you are unable to get help
bring to tears – to cause to cry ทำให้ร้องไห้
disaster – something very bad that happens and causes a lot of damage or kills a lot of people ความหายนะ ภัยพิบัติ
repair – to fix something that is broken or damaged ซ่อมบำรุง
urgent – needing to be dealt with immediately ที่เร่งด่วน
task – something that you have to do หน้าที่; ภารกิจ
foundation – an organisation that provides money for things such as medical research or for a charity มูลนิธิ
knock-down home – a home that is build after the previous home has been torn down or destroyed
instruct – to tell or order someone to do something สั่ง
rehabilitation – making a system, building, etc., suitable for use again, i.e., bringing it back to a good condition การฟื้นฟูสภาพกิจการ
cooperation – working together to achieve a result that will benefit all sides ความร่วมมือ, การทำงานร่วมกัน
victims – people who are killed injured or harmed in some way from an accident, natural disaster, crime, etc. เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย
warning – an action or statement telling someone of a possible problem or danger คำเตือน
natural resources – things such as coal, trees, wildlife and oil that exist in nature and can be used by people ทรัพยากรธรรมชาติ
environment – the place in which people live and work, including all the physical conditions that affect them สภาพแวดล้อม, สิ่งแวดล้อม
run-off – rain, water or other liquid that runs off land into streams and rivers น้ำหลาก
substantial – large in size or importance มากมาย, ยิ่งใหญ่
raging – happening with a lot of force or violence รุนแรงมาก
inspect – to look at something carefully ตรวจสอบ
check dam – a small dam, which can be either temporary or permanent, built across a small waterway เขื่อนเล็ก
identify – to specify ระบุ
at risk – in danger ตกอยู่ในความเสี่ยง
conduct – to do something in an organised way; to carry out — ลงมือทำ, ดำเนิน, ปฏิบัติ
survey – the act of examining and recording the measurements, features, etc. of an area of land การสำรวจ, การหาข้อมูล
-prone – (suffix) likely to experience a particular problem more often than is usual ที่มีแนวโน้ม
hazard – something that is dangerous and likely to cause damage สิ่งที่เป็นอันตราย
current – of the present time ปัจจุบัน
ravage – to destroy something or damage it very badly ทำให้เสียหาย, ทำลาย, ล้างผลาญ
level – the amount of liquid that there is in a container, river, dam, etc., which can be seen by how high the liquid is ระดับ
rapidly – happening quickly อย่างรวดเร็ว
amid – at the same time as ท่ามกลาง
inundate – to flood; to submerge ท่วม, ทำให้จมลงใต้น้ำ
riverbank – the land at the side of a river ฝั่งแม่น้ำ, ตลิ่ง
community – the people living in one particular area ชุมชน




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