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Temples Underwater, Monks Paddle Boats As Floods Hit Historic Thailand City

Thailand’s historic metropolis of Ayutthaya has been hit by heavy rain.

Ayuthaya, Thailand:

Several temples in Thailand’s historic metropolis of Ayutthaya had been underwater on Wednesday, as heavy monsoon rains flooded provinces throughout the nation.

More than 40 temples in Ayutthaya, dwelling to historic Buddhist temples, ruins, and monuments, have been affected by the floods, the town administration stated.

At one of many temples, Wat Satue, monks paddled small boats by means of water that ranged from thigh-deep to neck stage.

“This is the worst flood in 10 years,” its abbot Phra Kru Pariyat Yathikhun informed Reuters by cellphone, including that surrounding communities had been additionally flooded.

Authorities have issued flood warnings throughout a lot of the nation over the previous two weeks as Tropical Storm Dianmu precipitated flash floods in 32 of Thailand’s 76 provinces, killing 9 folks and affecting almost 300,000 households.

Sixteen provinces had been nonetheless flooded on Wednesday, together with Ayutthaya, and authorities warned of one other potential tropical storm that’s forecast to achieve the northeast of the nation subsequent week.

In 2011, Thailand suffered its worst floods in 5 many years, affecting 65 of its 76 provinces and killing a whole lot.

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