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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Russian monastery flooded in Thailand

The heavy rain has flooded a Russian men's monastery in the Thai province of Ratchaburi

The water level in the monastery has reached 70 centimeters. Although it has now stopped raining, the water level continues to rise, the office of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand has reported.

"Considerable surface damage of the buildings is probable. The supply lines, including the sewage system, have been damaged. Electricity is off. There is a direct threat to the community garden, grass, bushes, and some types of trees, for which a large amount of water can be harmful. The garden was under the special care of the monks and pilgrims always admired its beauty," the report says.

The damage to the monastery is estimated at between $10,000 and $20,000 if the water levels begin to fall and the costs will be much higher if the water levels continue to rise.

The monks and monastery workers living in the monastery are doing everything possible to improve the situation. Some monastery workers from Russia, who are temporarily living in the community, have postponed their departure and will stay in Ratchaburi until the work to deal with the aftermath of the natural calamity is completed.

Archimandrite Oleg Cherepanin, who represents the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, has called on his flock to provide financial and physical assistance to the monastery.

The only Orthodox monastery opened in Thailand in February 2011. The construction of the monastery began in November 2009 and was financed by private donations. The monastery is comprised of a church, a chapel, the hegumen's residence, monks' cells, a garden, and a cemetery. There are plans to build a school and a bell tower on the territory of the monastery.

There are currently five Orthodox parishes in Thailand, and several Orthodox churches are being built in the country.



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