River overflows into historical site in Ayutthaya

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AYUTTHAYA, Oct 4 – A significant archaeological site in Thailand’s old capital, 80 km north of Bangkok, was flooded as the Chao Phraya River overflowed yesterday, according to the Irrigation Department.

Maitree Pitinanon, director of the Ayutthaya Irrigation Project, said the water level in the Chao Phraya River had surged higher after waters were released from the North to the Chao Phraya Dam and several days of rain in provinces below the dam – Sing Buri, Lop Buri and Ang Thong.

Waters surrounding the Pom Petch historical park in Ayutthaya rose with the high tide and excess water in the river.

He said agencies concerned have been closely monitoring the water level and the Marine Department has warned boats in the river to be more careful of strong tide especially at the estuary where the Chao Phraya and Pasak rivers meet.

Waters have overflowed the sandbags into the historical site.

At the ancient Chai Wattanaram temple, the Fine Arts Department has installed two big water pumps to drain out water from the temple ground after heavy downpours.