Thailand’s oldest reclining Buddha at Wat Dhammachakra Sema Ram is the latest victim of the country’s central flood. Authorities say the statue was partially submerged yesterday due to flooding from mountain runoff. The 1,300-year-old Buddha is located in the Muang Sema Historical Park in the Sung Noen district of Nakhon Ratchasima. Standing 13.3 meters and 2.80 meters high, the Dvaravati-style sandstone statue probably dates from the 7th century CE.
The heavy rains led to water runoff from nearby hills flowing into the village where the temple is located. The floodwaters eroded the structure protecting the Buddha, with water rising halfway up the statue. About 160 homes in the area were also affected by the flooding, with reports of water reaching 1 meter in depth in some areas. Therefore, the inhabitants were moved to higher areas.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has visited the northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani to investigate the water and flood management situation. The Prime Minister was joined by several other ministers, including Energy Minister Supattanapong Punmeechaow, Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda, and Digital Economy and Society Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn.
Past visits on his journey have included a stop in Nonthaburi province, where he encountered protesters who shouted and threw fermented fish at his motorcade, and a stop at Chaiyaphum where police reprimanded protesters as an embarrassment to the province as they insulted the police. Prime Minister shouted. These hostile greetings prompted authorities in Nakhon Si Thammarat to issue an official code of conduct ahead of Prime Minister Prayut’s visit, warning residents not to throw rotten eggs at the Prime Minister.
Catch up on more stories here
Follow us on Facebook here