Ayutthaya gears up for floods

The former capital of Siam, Ayutthaya, is bracing for another flood season. The city was hit badly during last year’s rainy season.

Preparing for this year's floods in Ayutthaya, Pattaya Mail 20120901
Preparing for this year’s floods in Ayutthaya, Pattaya Mail 20120901

Historic Ayutthaya on alert for this year’s floods
Pattaya Mail, 01 Sep 2012

Thailand’s leading historic site, the former Siamese capital of Ayutthaya, 76km north of Bangkok, has been busily protecting its ancient remains for inundation after last year’s massive floods that submerged the province.

Saharat Poomtitirat, a senior official of the Thai government’s Fine Arts Department in Ayutthaya, said Thursday that flood prevention work for 96 historic remains are 80 per cent finished.

If this year’s floodwater level does not exceed 2.2 metres, Ayutthaya should be safe, he said.

Full story here.

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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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