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Floods threaten historic Thai temple

(Shanghai Daily)

09:04, October 08, 2011

Buddhist monks wade through floodwater on a street at Chai Wattanaram Temple in Ayutthaya yesterday. At least 252 people have died in flooding in Thailand since mid-July, and water has inundated the 400-year-old temple in the ancient city of Ayutthaya, a World Heritage Site. Local authorities are struggling to save the historic site, one of the country's most famous tourist attractions, across the Chao Phraya River. Moreover, about 25 crocodiles have escaped from a farm in Ayutthaya's Bang Ban District after it was inundated by months of severe flooding and heavy rain. The missing reptiles are about 1 meter in length. The local authority warned that people should not try to catch the crocodiles.

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