Thailand: Floods return to industrial estates

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Thai floods1Floods after a heavier-than-usual monsoon season have flooded 22 provinces in Thailand and caused evacuations in nine, affecting 600,000 people and killing four so far.

Flood water from the North has reached Ayutthaya and Pathum Thani provinces north of Bangkok where many industrial estates are located.

While many estates have buikt floodwalls after the devastating floods in 2011, some are not finished yet. Industry Minister Prasert Boonchaisuk said he was worried about the situation at Saha Rattana Nakorn Industrial Estate as it was one of six industrial estates in Ayutthaya and Pathum Thani where where flood walls are just 30 per cent complete.

Floodwalls are in place at the other five facilities, namely the Bang Pa-in Industrial Estate, the Ban Wa Hi-Tech Industrial Estate and the Rojana Industrial Park in Ayutthaya, and the Navanakorn Industrial Estate and the Bang Kadi Industrial Estate in Pathum Thani.

High-risk locations have been named high-risk locations, namely Saha Rattana Nakorn, Bang Pa-in and Hi-Tech.

Severe flooding was reported Monday in Si Sa Ket, Surin, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo and Buri Ram provinces. Eighty per cent of highways in the northeastern province of Surin are inundated.

Flood water has now also reached Bangkok and the level of the Chao Phraya River in the capital and nearby provinces is rising quickly, authorities said, adding that areas protected with embankments along the river “would not be flooded.”

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Floods after a heavier-than-usual monsoon season have flooded 22 provinces in Thailand and caused evacuations in nine, affecting 600,000 people and killing four so far.

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Thai floods1Floods after a heavier-than-usual monsoon season have flooded 22 provinces in Thailand and caused evacuations in nine, affecting 600,000 people and killing four so far.

Flood water from the North has reached Ayutthaya and Pathum Thani provinces north of Bangkok where many industrial estates are located.

While many estates have buikt floodwalls after the devastating floods in 2011, some are not finished yet. Industry Minister Prasert Boonchaisuk said he was worried about the situation at Saha Rattana Nakorn Industrial Estate as it was one of six industrial estates in Ayutthaya and Pathum Thani where where flood walls are just 30 per cent complete.

Floodwalls are in place at the other five facilities, namely the Bang Pa-in Industrial Estate, the Ban Wa Hi-Tech Industrial Estate and the Rojana Industrial Park in Ayutthaya, and the Navanakorn Industrial Estate and the Bang Kadi Industrial Estate in Pathum Thani.

High-risk locations have been named high-risk locations, namely Saha Rattana Nakorn, Bang Pa-in and Hi-Tech.

Severe flooding was reported Monday in Si Sa Ket, Surin, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo and Buri Ram provinces. Eighty per cent of highways in the northeastern province of Surin are inundated.

Flood water has now also reached Bangkok and the level of the Chao Phraya River in the capital and nearby provinces is rising quickly, authorities said, adding that areas protected with embankments along the river “would not be flooded.”

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