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Ayutthaya works to protect historic remains

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Ayutthaya authorities have been busy protecting ancient remains from inundation after last year's massive floods badly affected the province.

Saharat Poomtitirat, a senior official with the Thai government's Fine Arts Department in Ayutthaya, said on Thursday that flood prevention work for 96 historic remains are 80 per cent complete.

If this year's floodwaters do not exceed 2.2 metres, Ayutthaya should be safe, he said.

With a budget of Bt167 million, workers have strengthened the bases of the 96 designated historic remains, especially at major temples such as Wat Chai Wattanaram, Wat Mahatat, Wat Phra Sri Sanpetch and Wat Rajburana.

At the revered Wat Chai Wattanaram, a concrete wall has yet to be erected on the west side. During last year's massive floods, the temple suffered an influx of water after the previous wall was damaged by floods.

Ayutthaya Governor Vittaya Piewpong led a group of officials on a cruise along the Chao Phraya River to inspect dredging, which is now 80 per cent finished. Completion is scheduled for September 15.

The dredging will enable the river to carry at least two million cubic metres of water, boosting its capacity from the previous 1.6 million cubic metres.


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