Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Flooding in Southeast Asia-Part II

This is a follow up to an earlier post on the recent flooding in Southeast Asia. The flooding inundated several World Heritage Sites including Ayutthaya, Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, Watmahathat and Wat Chaiwattanaram. Specialists with the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization assessed these sites for deterioration last week.

Salt stains. Image by The Nation.
The assessment revealed that algae in the bricks, fungi in the murals and general salt staining are the most significant conservation concerns at this time. Now that these concerns have been identified, additional assessments by experts and research can take place to determine the most appropriate conservation plan.

The UNESCO specialists also recommended restructuring canals and creating overflow ponds to prevent extensive damage to these sites in the future. It seems that a few of the existing canals were blocked. Goes to show the importance of checking the emergency plan and environmental safety on a regular basis (and of course creating an emergency preparedness plan, if there is not an existing one in place).


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