ANGKOR WAT DAMAGED
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[ October 25th 2000 ]
Press has reported that heavy storms have battered
the Cambodian Temples of Angkor Wat, the destination
of Simon West and the cast and crew of Tomb Raider
who are due to begin filming in the ancient temples
next month. Sodden foundations have begun to swallow
some of the 800-year-old stone monuments because
the constant torrant of water has not been able
to drain away, and falling trees have destroyed
parts of the temples, Cambodian officials have
Sophat, the commander of a police unit charged
with protecting the temples, said heavy rains
had also weakened the foundations of the temples.
"Most of the areas have been flooded for weeks,
causing the land to become soft,'' he said by
telephone from the northwestern city of Siem Reap.
He said that only 30 percent of the temples in
the Angkor complex are being preserved despite
help from 10 international organizations. Among
the temples damaged in the past week are Ta Prohm,
a 17th century Buddhist temple and one of the
largest Khmer edifices, and the Baphuon, a 10th
century Buddhist temple, the officials said."
there has been no word from Paramount on whether
this will hinder the planned filming of Tomb Raider
which is scheduled for November.