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Drought reveals lost Buddhist temple in Thailand

A family prays near the ruins of a headless Buddha statue, which has resurfaced in a dried-up dam due to drought, in Lopburi, Thailand. Thousands are flocking to see the Buddhist temple exposed after drought drove water levels to record lows in a dam reservoir where it had been submerged.   
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A family prays near the ruins of a headless Buddha statue, which has resurfaced in a dried-up dam due to drought, in Lopburi, Thailand. Thousands are flocking to see the Buddhist temple exposed after drought drove water levels to record lows in a dam...more

A family prays near the ruins of a headless Buddha statue, which has resurfaced in a dried-up dam due to drought, in Lopburi, Thailand. Thousands are flocking to see the Buddhist temple exposed after drought drove water levels to record lows in a dam reservoir where it had been submerged. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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The meteorological department says Thailand is facing its worst drought in a decade, with water levels in dams nationwide having fallen far short of the monthly average.  

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The meteorological department says Thailand is facing its worst drought in a decade, with water levels in dams nationwide having fallen far short of the monthly average. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

The meteorological department says Thailand is facing its worst drought in a decade, with water levels in dams nationwide having fallen far short of the monthly average. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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As the reservoir reaches less than 3% of capacity, the remains of Wat Nong Bua Yai, a modern temple submerged during construction of the dam 20 years ago, have became visible in the middle of dry ground.  

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As the reservoir reaches less than 3% of capacity, the remains of Wat Nong Bua Yai, a modern temple submerged during construction of the dam 20 years ago, have became visible in the middle of dry ground. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

As the reservoir reaches less than 3% of capacity, the remains of Wat Nong Bua Yai, a modern temple submerged during construction of the dam 20 years ago, have became visible in the middle of dry ground. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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Some Buddhist monks were among the hundreds of people who walked through broken temple structures on cracked earth littered with dead fish to pay respects to a headless 4-metre (13-feet) - tall Buddha statue, adorning it with flowers. 

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Some Buddhist monks were among the hundreds of people who walked through broken temple structures on cracked earth littered with dead fish to pay respects to a headless 4-metre (13-feet) - tall Buddha statue, adorning it with flowers. REUTERS/Soe...more

Some Buddhist monks were among the hundreds of people who walked through broken temple structures on cracked earth littered with dead fish to pay respects to a headless 4-metre (13-feet) - tall Buddha statue, adorning it with flowers. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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A man prays while another takes pictures at the ruins of a Buddhist temple which has resurfaced in a dried-up dam due to drought, in Lopburi, Thailand. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

A man prays while another takes pictures at the ruins of a Buddhist temple which has resurfaced in a dried-up dam due to drought, in Lopburi, Thailand. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

A man prays while another takes pictures at the ruins of a Buddhist temple which has resurfaced in a dried-up dam due to drought, in Lopburi, Thailand. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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People walk through the ruins of a Buddhist temple, which has resurfaced in a dried-up dam due to drought, in Lopburi, Thailand.   REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

People walk through the ruins of a Buddhist temple, which has resurfaced in a dried-up dam due to drought, in Lopburi, Thailand. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

People walk through the ruins of a Buddhist temple, which has resurfaced in a dried-up dam due to drought, in Lopburi, Thailand. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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