Ayutthaya hit by more riverbank collapses


AYUTTHAYA, 30 January 2013 Over 200-meter long section of Lop Buri riverbank in the central province of Ayutthaya has collapsed, damaging houses in the area. 

Two houses situated on the riverbank in Bang Pahan district have already collapsed into the Lop Buri River, with four more on the verge of caving in.

Ayutthaya Governor Witthaya Pewpong made known that since the province received reports of soil subsidence in a number of districts, related agencies have been instructed to carry out inspection and provide assistance to those affected.

On Monday, another collapse occurred on a 300-meter long section of the Pasak riverbank in Nakhon Luang district of Ayutthaya province, prompting mass evacuation by nearby residents.

Several instances of riverbank erosion were reported late last year, with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment looking into building more dykes to solve the erosion problem.