via Bangkok Post, 09 October 2017: We’ve been getting heavy rains in Bangkok and other parts of Thailand, with some floods already reported. Ayutthaya has previously been susceptible to floods, and there have been some mitigation measures put in place – it remains to be seen if they can last this year’s downpour.
Ayutthaya local authorities and officers from the Ayutthaya Historical Park have built a flood defence wall to prevent damage to archaeological sites.
Source: Wall built to protect Ayutthaya historical sites from flooding
Recent deliberations at the annual World Heritage Committee meeting earlier this month have decided not to put Ayutthaya on the world heritage endangered list.
Historic City of Ayutthaya not on endangered world heritage site list
National News Bureau of Thailand, 03 July 2015
The World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has resolved not to include the Historic City of Ayutthaya in the list of endangered world heritage sites, following the great floods of 2011 in Thailand.
Natural Resources and Environment Minister General Daopong Rattanasuwan and his team recently attended the 39th Session of the World Heritage Committee in Bonn, Germany.
The minister said that the decision by the panel not to include the Historic City of Ayutthaya on the world heritage site list was because Thailand’s efforts to restore the city did not follow the World Heritage Committee’s protocol.
Fulls story here.
Recent floods at the My Son world heritage site in Central Vietnam have caused cracks to appear in some of the temples, with no remedy in sight.
The My Son Sanctuary. Source: Thanh Niein News 20141030
Vietnam’s world heritage site collapsing
Thanh Nien News, 30 October 2014
A new project has been launched by Unesco to held develop a flood mitigation plan for the world heritage site of Ayutthaya.
Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Ayutthaya
UNESCO launches project to develop a flood risk mitigation plan for Ayutthaya World Heritage Site
Asia/Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO, 25 March 2013
A roundup of news while I was away at the EurASEAA conference in Dublin:
Limestone coffin site found in the Philippines
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Floods hit Sukhothai [Link no longer active]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
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
Historic Ayutthaya on alert for this year’s floods
Pattaya Mail, 01 Sep 2012
A group of hydraulic experts predict that this year’s floods will submerge Ayutthaya under 3m of water this year.
Ayutthaya ‘will be sumberged again’
The Nation, 22 June 2012
Current repairs to Ayutthaya from last year’s devastating floods will include measures to prevent against future floods.
Inspection of flood damage at Ayutthaya, MCOT News 20120131
Restoration of historic Ayutthaya sites to cope with renewed flood
MCOT News, 31 January 2012
A panel of experts from around the world will survey the damage done to the ancient capital Ayutthaya by the recent floods to decide on recommendations and best practices to help repair the damaged sites.
Flooding at Ayutthaya, The Nation 20111129
Experts to check sites at Ayutthaya
The Nation, 29 November 2011