Seven factories forced to temporarily close due to floods


The Ministry of Labor last weekend reported that seven factories were forced to temporarily close due to floods, affecting about two hundred workers.

Acting permanent-secretary for Labor Jeerasak Sukonthachart said the factories were located in Nakhon Nayok, Surin, Si Sa Ket and Ubon Ratchathani.

Acting permanent-secretary for Labor Jeerasak Sukonthachart.Acting permanent-secretary for Labor Jeerasak Sukonthachart.

While other factories in the flood-hit provinces remain opened, he said, the flooding has hindered operations of 431 factories employing 6,726 workers.

So far, Jeerasak said, no employee complaints have been received by the ministry but he said that officials have been instructed to monitor the situation and provide help to workers whose employment is at risk from flooding.

Meanwhile, the Energy Regulatory Commission has announced that about 2.8 million people in 20 provinces have been affected by the current flooding.

To ease the burden and help facilitate the residents, those living in designated flood-disaster areas will be given an extension of electricity bill payment for a maximum 45 days, compared to 15 days for normal situations.