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Thai floods kill 224, inundate World Heritage Site

A media member paddles his boat at a flooded temple at Wat Chaiwatthanaram, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Ayutthaya province, nearly 80 km (50 miles) north of Bangkok October 4, 2011. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

(Reuters) – At least 224 people have died in flooding in Thailand since mid-July and water has inundated the 400-year-old Chai Wattanaram temple in the ancient city of Ayutthaya, a World Heritage Site, officials said on Tuesday.

The temple is by the Chao Phraya river, which flows down to the capital, Bangkok, around 105 km (65 miles) to the south.

“The water level is now up to 1.5 metres and 150 soldiers are deployed in the area to fix the embankment,” said Wittaya Pewpong, governor of Ayutthaya province.

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