Like vendors all over Bangkok, Chatuchak's exotic pet shops must save their merchandise first. Floods are dangerous for some fish too.
Photo above of the expensive luxury fish Super red arowana which can cost up to 6 million baht for a single fish.
Photo below of fish store vendor at Chatuchak weekend market, located in a flood-risk area on Phahon Yothin Road. She said she could lose several hundred thousand baht if the deluge hits. (Photo: SOMCHAI POOMLARD)
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Chatuchak vendors clear out but millions of baht still at risk, Owners are rushing to save prized furniture, exotic animals from damage and death by Pakawat Sunpituksaree
Most of the stalls in Chatuchak market are empty after vendors evacuated to safer ground.
When Vibhavadi Rangsit Road started flooding last week, Chatuchak Market announced a plan to shut down the popular shopping spot this weekend, and possibly longer if flooding continued.
Staff have erected barriers around the market's perimeter and all gates have been closed leaving only the main entrance for merchants to retrieve their belongings.
Rung-arun Thawandi, 34, a clothing store owner who was on the last leg of moving his goods back home said: "We've been waiting anxiously for a couple of weeks now."
We've had warnings and I've seen enough examples of what can happen so I am not taking any chances.
Thanin Dasadachan, 45, owner of Paka Decor, said he had almost 40 million baht worth of furniture at risk.
He has managed to move about 60-70% of it upstairs but there's little he can do about the heavier pieces such as a teak bench.
He said much of the heavy wooden furniture can withstand water damage. He is most worried about his lamps and chandeliers.
Mr Thanin plans to close his store until the water recedes. He has chained most of the furniture to the shop, and employees and security officers will be on guard against thieves.
"I've done all that is possible. I pray for the best but whatever happens, I'll just have to deal with it," he said.
Some were sceptical initially but the mass exodus has made it hard for vendors to remain at ease.
Relocating live animals is no easy task since the animals, especially aquatic ones, require special facilities to keep them - a luxury which some vendors simply do not have.
Patcharee Pratubkeaw, 35, owner of Thong 9 fish store, said she does not have a farm or facility to relocate her fish.
She stopped taking new orders two weeks ago and has tried to process deliveries as much as she can, but there are still over 1,000 fish left at her store.
If the store is flooded she could lose stock worth several hundred thousand baht. Ms Patcharee said a power cut would inflict the most damage. All the shops rely on one giant pump to feed water to each store. If electricity is cut, the pump would stop oxygenating the water in the tanks.
Mr Tor, from another fish store at the market, is determined to beat the flood.
He has built a wall of sandbags and stored large amounts of water and food for his fish, as well as petrol for a water pump and the generator.
Tanapat Matchaykulwanit, 34, Top Arowana Agency fish store owner, said relocation is crucial to his business because a single super red arowana can cost up to 6 million baht. He has more than 100 fish at the store.
"I have lost two homes to the flood already. I have to move my fish. Fortunately, I have a farm outside Bangkok," Mr Tanapat said.
He had suspended imports from Indonesia and Malaysia and customers had picked up most of their fish.
He expects the rest of the fish will be relocated soon to his farm in Bang Pakong, which is better equipped to withstand the flood.
Suthep Ngamrabiab, a 38-year-old exotic pet and reptile store owner, said that his animals could be moved to a raised platform in the market, safe from the floods.
(Source: Bangkok Post, Chatuchak vendors clear out but millions of baht still at risk, Owners are rushing to save prized furniture, exotic animals from damage and death, 28/10/2011, Pakawat Sunpituksaree, link)
Vendor Flood Relocation Vocabulary
vendors - sellers, people who sell things (often from a small stall, cart, or store) พ่อค้าแม่่ค้า; พ่อค้าแม่่ค้าหาบแร่แผงลอย
super red arowana - the dragon fish, a popular and expensive variety of aquarium fish with special meaning in Chinese culture, they are named "dragon fish" because they look like a Chinese dragon, Arowana fish "inhabit rivers, slow-moving waters flowing through forested swamps and wetlands," the super red Arowana variety is from the upper part of the Kapuas River and nearby lakes in western Borneo, Indonesia (See Wikipedia)
luxury - the best and most expensive of some kind of thing ที่หรูหรา
exotic pets - rare or unusual animals kept as pets, not commonly thought of as a pet, includes oddities such as alligators, bears and skunks as well as the more common snakes, turtles, spiders, lizards and scorpions, (See Wikipedia also see exotic animal veterinarian)
exotic animals - same as "exotic pet"
exotic pet and reptile store owner
reptile - cold-blooded animals with skin covered with hard scales, lays eggs, this includes snakes, lizards and crocodiles (See Wikipedia)
aquatic - living or growing in the water
I pray for the best
I am not taking any chances
recede - go back
water recedes - floodwaters go down (water returns to river)
plans to close his store until the water recedes
mass - large numbers จำนวนมหาศาล
mass exodus - when large numbers of people leave a place at the same time
chained most of the furniture to the shop
on guard against thieves
security - safety, protecting from harm or damage
security officers - watchman, guard ยาม (a person to watch over a place when there are no people at the place and thieves might steal things)
clear out - leave a place
vendors clear out - the sellers leave (the place they were selling things at)
evacuate - leave a dangerous (during a disaster or flood, for example)
evacuated to safer ground - moving to a safer place (without floodwaters)
relocate (verb) - move to another location ย้ายไปตั้งอีกที่หนึ่ง
relocation (noun) - the process of moving someone or something to a new place การย้ายที่ใหม่
relocated - moved to a new place
relocating live animals
does not have a farm or facility to relocate her fish
expects the rest of the fish will be relocated soon to his farm
facilities - the buildings and equipment for an activity สถานที่และสิ่งอำนวยความสะดวก สิ่งอำนวยความสะดวก
require special facilities to keep them - need special buildings and equipment for some activity
keep a pet - take care of a pet (example: keep pet fish as a hobby)
crucial - extremely important because it effects the result of something สำคัญยิ่ง
relocation is crucial to his business because a single super red arowana can cost up to 6 million baht
risk - danger, how likely or possible it is for a bad event that causes harm and damage ความเสี่ยง
millions of baht at risk -
40 million baht worth of furniture at risk.
prized furniture - valuable furniture that they love and are proud of (like a prize)
rushing to save prized furniture - acting quickly to save their valuable furniture
stalls - large tables or small shops with an open front from which goods are sold in a public place แผงขายของ
stalls in Chatuchak market - small shops in Chatuchak market
empty - having nothing inside ว่างเปล่า
shopping spot - shopping place (shopping center, shopping mall)
the popular shopping spot a - shopping place that many people like a lot
barriers - things such as walls or sandbags that block things such as water อุปสรรค
erect barriers - build barriers
perimeter - around the outside of a place
erected barriers around the market's perimeter
belongings - the things you own, possessions ข้าวของเครื่องใช้
retrieve their belongings - go and get the things they own from a place, remove the things they own from a place (that they cannot stay at)
on the last leg - almost finished (doing the last step or activity before finishing)
on the last leg of moving his goods back home
anxious - worried, nervous, afraid (about what will happen in the future)
waiting anxiously - waiting for something to happen (and worried about what will happen)
couple of weeks - around 2 weeks, about 2 weeks (not exact)
teak - a rare and expensive wood used to make furniture and in the old days houses ไม้สัก (See Wikipedia)
teak bench - a long seat made of teak wood (See Wikipedia)
chandeliers - a big light made of many little pieces of glass hanging from the ceiling, elegant and luxurious (See Wikipedia)
withstand - to be strong enough not to be hurt or damaged by extreme force, extreme conditions, etc. ทนทาน
withstand water damage - not get damaged by floodwaters
better equipped to withstand the flood.
much of the heavy wooden furniture can withstand water damage
sceptical - not believing easily, having doubts about something that other people think is true or right สงสัย
initially - at first; at the beginning ในระยะต้น ในเบื้องต้น
sceptical initially - at first did not believe it
ease - to make easy; to make less severe, difficult, unpleasant, painful, etc ทำให้ง่าย บรรเทา
at ease - not worried
remain at ease - not get worried
task - something that you have to do; a piece of work that someone does หน้าที่; ภารกิจ
no easy task - something that you must do, but it is not easy
stopped taking new orders two weeks ago
process - a series of actions that you take in order to achieve a result แนวทางปฏิบัติ, กระบวน, วิธีการ
tried to process deliveries as much as she can
stock - an amount of something that you keep so that you can use it when you need it ที่เก็บไว้ในสต๊อก
could lose stock worth several hundred thousand baht
power - energy in the form of electricity produced in large quantities and used to operate lights, machines, and heating
inflict - make people suffer harm or damage; to force someone to experience something very unpleasant สร้างความเจ็บปวด
a power cut would inflict the most damage
If electricity is cut, the pump would stop oxygenating the water in the tanks.
determined - wanting to do something very much and not letting anyone or any difficulties stop you ตั้งใจจริง, ซึ่งมุ่งมั่น
beat - win ชนะ
determined to beat the flood.
water pump - a machine for removing water from a place (See Wikipedia)
generator - electricity generator, a machine that runs on gasoline that generates electricity, for use during power cuts (brown outs) (See Wikipedia)
suspended - stopped for a period of time (temporarily)
pick up - come and get something (example: pick up food you ordered at a restaurant)
customers had picked up most of their fish.
raised platform in the market