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Underwater temple caused by floods in historic Thailand city

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Thailand’s historic city of Ayutthaya has been hit by heavy rains.

Ayutthaya, Thailand:

Several temples in Thailand’s historic city of Ayutthaya were underwater on Wednesday as heavy monsoon rains lashed provinces across the country.

The city administration said more than 40 temples, ancient Buddhist temples, ruins and monuments in Ayutthaya have been affected by the floods.

In one of the temples, Wat Satue, monks sailed small boats through the water from thigh-deep to neck level.

“This is the worst flooding in 10 years,” its abbot Phra Kru Pariyat Yathikhun told Reuters by phone, adding that nearby communities were also flooded.

Authorities have issued a flood warning for much of the country over the past two weeks as Tropical Storm Dianmu caused flash floods in 32 of Thailand’s 76 provinces, killing nine people and affecting nearly 300,000 families.

Sixteen provinces were flooded on Wednesday, including Ayutthaya, and officials warned of another possible tropical storm that is forecast to make landfall in the country’s northeast next week.

In 2011, Thailand suffered its worst flooding in five decades, affecting 65 of its 76 provinces and killing hundreds.

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