Temples underwater as floods hit historic Thai metropolis

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AYUTTHAYA, Thailand, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Several temples in Thailand’s historic metropolis of Ayutthaya have been underwater on Wednesday, as heavy monsoon rains flooded provinces throughout the nation.

More than 40 temples in Ayutthaya, residence to historic Buddhist temples, ruins, and monuments, have been affected by the floods, the town administration mentioned.

At one of many temples, Wat Satue, monks paddled small boats by water that ranged from thigh deep to neck degree.

“This is the worst flood in 10 years,” its abbot Phra Kru Pariyat Yathikhun advised Reuters by cellphone, including that surrounding communities have been additionally flooded.

Authorities have issued flood warnings throughout a lot of the nation over the previous two weeks as Tropical Storm Dianmu brought about flash floods in 32 of Thailand’s 76 provinces, killing 9 folks and affecting almost 300,000 households.

Sixteen provinces have been nonetheless flooded on Wednesday, together with Ayutthaya, and authorities warned of one other potential tropical storm that’s forecast to succeed in the northeast of the nation subsequent week.

In 2011, Thailand suffered its worst floods in 5 many years, affecting 65 of its 76 provinces and killing tons of.

Reporting by Soe Zeya Tun in Ayutthaya and Panarat Thepgumpanat in Bangkok; Writing by Patpicha Tanakasempipat; Editing by Jane Wardell

A lying Buddha statue is seen during the flood at a Temple in Ayutthaya, Thailand, October 6, 2021. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

A lying Buddha statue is seen during the flood at a Temple in Ayutthaya, Thailand, October 6, 2021. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

A lying Buddha statue is seen surrounded by floodwaters at a temple in Ayutthaya, Thailand, October 6, 2021. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun