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Thailand’s ministry of culture is seeking a special US$45 million budget from the government to help repair the damage done to Ayutthaya by the recent floods.

Budget sought to repair ancient Ayutthaya sites
The Nation, 08 November 2011

The Culture Ministry will ask the Cabinet tomorrow for an initial budget of Bt1.4 billion to rehabilitate flooded ancient sites in Ayutthaya, especially on the city’s island.

Unesco is sending international engineering experts to survey the structural integrity of the historical sites, as they are feared at risk of collapsing from prolonged submersion.

Supoj Phrommanote, director of Fine Arts Office 3, said after meeting with Culture Minister Sukumol Kunplome at the Sam Phraya National Museum yesterday morning that most sites were severely damaged, especially Chaiwatthanaram Temple, which was swamped by 50 centimetres of water.

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