Historic Thai Temples Flooded

Several temples in Thailand’s historic city of Ayutthaya were underwater on Wednesday, as heavy monsoon rains flooded provinces across the country.

Main picture a lying Buddha statue is seen during the flood at a Temple in Ayutthaya, Thailand. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

More than 40 temples in Ayutthaya, home to ancient Buddhist temples, ruins, and monuments, have been affected by the floods, the city administration said.

At one of the temples, Wat Satue, monks paddled small boats through water that ranged from thigh deep to neck level.

“This is the worst flood in 10 years,” its abbot Phra Kru Pariyat Yathikhun told Reuters by phone, adding that surrounding communities were also flooded.

Flooding at a Temple in Ayutthaya, Thailand. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
Flooding at a Temple in Ayutthaya, Thailand. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Authorities have issued flood warnings across much of the country over the past two weeks as Tropical Storm Dianmu caused flash floods in 32 of Thailand’s 76 provinces, killing nine people and affecting nearly 300,000 households.

Sixteen provinces were still flooded on Wednesday, including Ayutthaya, and authorities warned of another potential tropical storm that is forecast to reach the northeast of the country next week.

In 2011, Thailand suffered its worst floods in five decades, affecting 65 of its 76 provinces and killing hundreds.

Ayutthaya in happier times credit Aaron Thomas on Unsplash

Bangkok On Alert

Communities along the Chao Praya River are on high-alert for flooding from tomorrow onwards when high water levels are expected to reach Bangkok.

The flood waters could be made even worse with the impact of the high tide.

Sandbags are being used to reinforce existing flood defences and 97 pumping stations are ready to spring into action to reduce water levels if required.

Source: Reuters & Bangkok Post

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