More than 40 temples in the historic city of Ayutthaya were submerged in water, as heavy rains flooded provinces across Thailand.
Ayutthaya city government on October 6 said the flooded temples are home to many ancient Buddhist relics. At Wat Satue, monks must row their boats through thigh- or neck-deep waters.
“This is the worst flood in 10 years,” said Abbot Pariyat Yathikhun, adding that residential areas around the temple were also flooded.
Wat Chula Manee, built in 1750 during the Ayutthaya period, was flooded at dawn on October 3 after the Chao Phraya River overflowed its banks, collapsing the southern wall of the temple.
Thai authorities have issued flood warnings across the country for the past two weeks, as Cyclone Dianmu caused flash flooding in 32 of Thailand’s 76 provinces, killing nine people and affecting nearly 300,000 households.
The temple stands firmly in the middle of the longest river in China
As of October 6, 16 provinces are still flooded, including Ayutthaya. Officials warned another storm could make landfall in the northeast of the country next week.
In 2011, Thailand suffered its worst floods in five decades, affecting 65 of 76 provinces and killing hundreds of people.