Thailand faces daunting post-flood cleanup

The Fine Arts Department in Thailand has their work cut out for them, as repairs and restoration to sites damaged from the flood will take up to two years to complete.

Long recovery for old sites
Bangkok Post, 23 November 2011

The 1.5 -billion-baht restoration of flood-hit historical sites around the country will take two years to complete, says the Culture Ministry’s Department of Fine Arts.

Anek Sihamat, deputy director-general of the department, said 313 historical sites were damaged by the flooding, 130 of them in Ayutthaya. The rest are in Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani and Bangkok each with about 20 ancient sites.

Mr Anek said he hoped that it would take two months to clean up the historical sites in Ayutthaya. He said a cleanup is the first step in the restoration process.

“[Of the total budget],we expect to spend roughly 600 million baht to restore and rehabilitate ancient sites,” he said. “The biggest challenge for us is how to make these centuries-old-buildings resistant to flood damage.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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