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Flood walls being built to protect archaeological sites in Ayutthaya province


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Workers have been racing against time to build flood walls to protect several archaeological sites, located along the banks of the Chao Phraya and Lop Buri rivers in the central province of Ayutthaya, from flooding.

 

According to the Fine Arts Department, flood walls have already been installed at several ancient Ayutthaya era temples, such as Wat Chai Wattanaram. There are still some where flood protection is still being built, which is expected to be completed on Monday, such as Wat Dhammaram, Wat Kasatrathirajvoravihara and Wat Choeng Tha, as well as the Baan Hollanda and the ancient Portuguese settlement.

 

Baan Hollanda, a Dutch village built in 1634, is now a museum, while the Portuguese settlement, located in Samphao Lom sub-district, was built during the reign of King Ramathibodi II, from 1491-1529, and was eventually plundered by Burmese invaders.

 

Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/flood-walls-being-built-to-protect-archaeological-sites-in-ayutthaya-province/

 

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In January 2012 I stayed at a hotel very close to the archaeological area. The place has been decorated after the big floods a few weeks earlier but the walls at the side had not been repainted and the water mark was clearly visible. It was 2 meters high. These walls they are building are going to have to be very high and very, very strong to resist the sort of flood as pictured in the lead photo. A few breeze blocks just won't work.

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1 hour ago, mrfill said:

In January 2012 I stayed at a hotel very close to the archaeological area. The place has been decorated after the big floods a few weeks earlier but the walls at the side had not been repainted and the water mark was clearly visible. It was 2 meters high. These walls they are building are going to have to be very high and very, very strong to resist the sort of flood as pictured in the lead photo. A few breeze blocks just won't work.

Maybe they'll do the old mix-n-match trick?

Blocks and sandbags?

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5 hours ago, webfact said:

Workers have been racing against time

Funny, surely those  ruins  have been there for centuries.......how  much time do you  need? Oh I  know they didnt receive the paperwork maybe?

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5 hours ago, Rampant Rabbit said:

Funny, surely those  ruins  have been there for centuries.......how  much time do you  need? Oh I  know they didnt receive the paperwork maybe?

Restricted budgets and not wanting to work when its not needed will result in only taking action if they absolutely cant avoid it.

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6 minutes ago, Scott Tracy said:

Unless the 'archaeological sites' are 20 feet higher than the surrounding area, nothing will stop the water. All the walls will do will be to move the water elsewhere. Where the poor people live, probably...

Yes, of course, flood wall, levees, dykes, nothing works... There are no cases anywhere in the world where water has been held back. I have no idea why anyone wastes time or money on hydrological engineering...

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