Maitree Pitinanont, chief of irrigation projects in Ayutthaya, expressed concern on Thursday about the situation at the 700-year-old riverside fort, which is a main attraction for tourists.Water was seeping through and over sandbags erected along the riverbanks and had reached the ground of the fort, Mr Maitree said.Workers were racing to pile up more sandbags to prevent the water inundating the site and the Marine Department had ordered people using boats in the area to slow down.The fort's location where the two rivers meet in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya district makes it prone to flooding. Heavy rains on Wednesday night worsened the situation.More equipment was installed at Wat Chaiwattanaram, an ancient temple by the Chao Phraya, to pump out seeping water from the compound.Ayutthaya was continuing to battle floods as the Chao Phraya dam in Chai Nat was still discharging water at the rate of 2,195 cubic metres a second and the Phra Ram VI dam in Ayutthaya is releasing more water into the Pasak at the rate of 500 cu/m per second. Both discharge rates are higher than normal.Ayutthaya is one of the hardest hit provinces as it is situated downstream. Eight districts of the province remain flooded and irrigation officials were directing water to an area of 100,000 rai in Bang Ban district used as a kam ling, or monkey cheek water retention area.Villagers living in kam ling were evacuated to higher ground if they decided to not stay at home.Ampai Sudsakorn, a villager at the Bang Ban 1 water retention area, urged officials to elevate a local road to her village, Rong, to help ease transport problems."Villagers have to row their boats for more than 2 kilometres to the closest high ground," she said.Ayutthaya is one of 24 provinces being hit by the floods, which have claimed 27 lives and affected almost 2 million people, according to the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department.Department chief Chalerm Promlert expected provinces downstream of the dams in the central region to continue being flooded, while the situation in other provinces was improving.Prachin Buri and Chachoengsao provinces are also having a battle with floods.The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department reported that the water level in Prachin Buri's Kabin Buri and Si Maha Phot districts was decreasing. Water in the business town centre in Prachantakham and Muang districts remained at a high level, while people in Ban Sang district bordering Chachoengsao could face more flooding, it added.Relief officials said Chachoengsao is being hit by water from Prachin Buri - mainly Kabin Buri and Si Maha Phot districts - where the situation is improving.Water from the Prachin Buri River and the runoff from Khao Yai National Park, which hit Kabin Buri and later Si Maha Phot, is now flowing downstream to Ban Sang, Prachantakham and Muang districts of Prachin Buri. It also is causing rising water levels in some districts of Chachoengsao bordering Prachin Buri, including Bang Khla.Water in Prachin Buri is being drained to the Prachin Buri and Bang Pakong rivers.Adul Nakbunbutr, who lives in village 4 on the Bang Pakong riverside in Bang Khla, said the water was increasing rapidly and was up to 50cm deep in places on Thursday morning, forcing people to move their belongings to the second floor of their houses.The Meteorological Department warned of more rain in central provinces including Chachoengsao, Prachin Buri and Bangkok until Saturday.