Modern Sukhothai flooded, ancient city still safe

The Thai city of Sukhothai was reportedly flooded under a metre of water yesterday after a river bank collapsed, but the ancient city was reported unaffected.

Floods hit Sukhothai [Link no longer active]
TTR Weekly, 11 Sep 2012

Sukhothai floods as levees break
Bangkok Post, 11 Sep 2012

Sukhothai town home to one of Thailand’s World Heritage sites is under a metre of water after the Yom River broke its banks Monday.

On Monday morning, the Yom River overflowed Sukhothai crippled the commercial town forcing the authorities to turn off electricity in many parts of the historical town.

The historical park which is located just outside town escaped flooding and remained open for visitors on Monday, but hotels in town near the Yom River were cut off.

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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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