Temple flood wall comes crashing down


The flood-prevention wall at Ayutthaya’s Wat Chula Manee collapsed on Sunday morning after coming under pressure from a surging tide on the Chao Phraya River.

The walls and flood protection line of Wat Chula Manee in Bang Ban district, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya province collapsed on Sunday, after the Chao Phraya Dam had released water at 2,779 cubic metres per second.

The intensity of the water mass had compressed and burst the temple walls and flood protection line on the south bank of the temple. The ancient temple and communities in the area were left two metres under water, and about 20 pagodas containing the ashes of local residents' ancestors were damaged.

During the past week, the locals had made a flood prevention wall around the temple in bids to prevent the ancient establishment from the two-meter-high flood. However, the enormous water pressure had demolished the temple's fence down and caused damages throughout the area.

Wat Chula Manee is an old temple built in 1750 since the Ayutthaya period. It is a temple that has been recorded in history that “Khanom Tom”, a legendary Thai boxing master in the Ayutthaya period, was born and raised.

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