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Thailand Reinforces Flooding Defenses as Deluge Threatens

Capital Bangkok
Ford's personal factory in Rayong province hasn't been impacted by flooding, the Dearborn,
Michigan-primarily based firm stated.
"We are afraid Bangkok might be flooded" when high tides peak on Oct. If they cannot, we will
provide warnings."
"The government will do its most effective to protect the city, but we can only make the barrier,"
mentioned Kittiratt, who final week described the deluge as the worst in at least 50 years. 17.
Efforts to divert water away from the capital and
http://www.tourismcambodia.com/hotels/cambodia/phnom-penh/ speed drainage may support
Bangkok escape widespread flooding, Wim Rungwattanajinda, a spokesman for the national flood
center, said by telephone currently.
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Bangkok's flood-defense efforts are focused on the Chao Phraya river, whose banks are lined with
luxury hotels which includes the Peninsula, the Shangri-La and the Oriental, as properly as the Bank
of Thailand.
"We have increased the quantity of sandbags place in spot to avert water infiltration," stated
Rashana Pimolsindh, a spokeswoman for Shangri-La Hotel Pcl. five.
Ayutthaya "is beyond a crisis," with floodwaters up to three meters deep in some locations, stated
the flood center's Wim.
Thailand's worst floods in far more than 50 years have reached levels that threaten to overwhelm
barriers safeguarding Bangkok, mentioned Deputy Prime Minister Kittiratt Na- Ranong, who urged
residents in the capital to be ready.
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'Just Temporary'
"We have to admit that we are in crisis," Kittiratt told reporters in Bangkok right now. "There are
quite a few water pumps on standby at various points in the hotel." Shangri-La received 20
cancellations in the previous handful of days, and the hotel has an occupancy price of 50 percent,
she mentioned these days.
Oct. (7203), Asia's largest carmaker, closed 3 factories in Thailand, Amiko Tomita, a spokeswoman
for the company, said now by telephone. and destroying much more than 10 % of the nation's rice
farms. "No one particular can assure regardless of whether it will be flooded or not."
Toyota, Ford

In Ayutthaya, 67 kilometers (42 miles) north of Bangkok, floodwaters broke via defenses about the
Rojana Industrial Park, which is mostly a base for corporations creating automotive and electronics
components. (F) suspended production in Thailand for 48 hours to assess inventory and logistics due
to the fact suppliers in Ayutthaya had been forced to halt operations, the firm stated now.
Toyota Motor Corp. Monsoons across Asia last month generated about $7 billion of losses, which
includes $1.1 billion in Thailand, Aon Benfield, a reinsurer, stated in a report on Oct. The finance
ministry yesterday cut its forecast for economic development to 3.7 % from 4 % and mentioned the
disaster might expense 120 billion baht ($three.9 billion).
Travel warnings have been issued by 21 nations like the U.S., Mexico and Spain, the Nation
newspaper reported, citing an unidentified foreign affairs ministry official.

The disaster might reduce financial development by 1 percentage point to three.9 percent in the
fourth quarter, rising the likelihood that the central bank may well reduce interest prices by as a lot
as 50 basis points by year-end to aid reconstruction efforts, HSBC Holdings Plc mentioned in a
reported dated yesterday.
"I believe there is a 90 % likelihood that Bangkok will not be inundated," Wim mentioned. "Everyone
will have to be ready and can't be complacent. 17, Defense Minister Yuthasak Sasiprapa told
reporters in Bangkok nowadays. 16 by means of Oct. Officials are shoring up flood walls, preparing
evacuation plans and readying medical supplies, he said.
"We will try to resume production at the plant as quickly as we can, but we have to wait till the
water circumstance is below control," Pitak told reporters, adding that the business is insured
against flood damage.
Flood harm outside Bangkok disrupted deliveries to some supermarkets in the capital, Saofang
Ekaluckrujee, senior corporate affairs manager at Ek-Chai Distribution Program Co., which operates
Tesco Lotus hypermarkets in Thailand, stated now.
Luxury Hotels
Factories Swamped. The plants will be halted in the course of the morning shift today and a decision
will be created later on when to reopen them, Tomita said.
Bangkok authorities urged consumers to steer clear of panic-obtaining soon after some
supermarkets ran out of dry goods including rice and noodles.

Floodwaters have swept across 60 of Thailand's 77 provinces more than the previous two months,
swamping factories operated by Honda Motor Co. "We have monitored water levels about the clock
to assess if the barriers can avert floods. "If the water level exceeds the barrier, there is a chance
the inner element of Bangkok will be flooded."
The deluge has killed 269 persons and affected eight.2 million more in Thailand because July 25,
data from the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation show.
"The scenario is nowhere near crisis proportion just but exactly where meals and water are
concerned," stated Sukhumbhand, the Bangkok governor. You must prepare what you will do and
where you will be."
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday urged officials to total perform on three added flood
barriers and 5 additional canals over the next week to drain water from the capital ahead of higher
tides peak http://www.hotels.com/de1636862/hotels-phnom-penh-cambodia/ on Oct. Press esc to
Seasonal storms have impacted far more than six million persons in Southeast Asia and claimed a
further 224 lives in Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines, the United Nations said last week. and
Canon Inc. The 198 plants have a combined investment worth of 56 billion baht, and a total
workforce of 90,000, mentioned Suparp Kleekhajai, the vice business minister.
Toyota operates a plant in Samut Prakarn province, southeast of Bangkok, and two in
Chachoengsao, a province to the east of the capital, according to its website.
Hundreds of Honda automobiles had been damaged when dikes failed at the Rojana park, exactly
where the organization produces as lots of 240,000 cars a year, Pitak Pruittisarikorn, executive vice
president of Honda's Thai unit, mentioned yesterday.
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are still open, so I hope it really is just short-term."
Ford Motor Co. 18 is the highest threat period for Bangkok, with low-lying locations close to
Suvarnabhumi airport and communities next to the river and canals the most vulnerable, the city's
Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra stated yesterday by phone