All five industrial estates of Ayutthaya submerged


AYUTTHAYA, Oct 16 – The Factory Land Industrial Estate in Ayutthaya’s Wang Noi district, the last factory in Ayutthaya which had earlier survived flooding, has finally succumbed to flood Sunday.

Currently, all five industrial estates in Ayutthaya are under water, including four industrial estates – Saha Rattana Nakhon, Bang Pa-in, Rojana, and Hi-Tech – earlier hit by flooding. All five industrial estates are valued at about 200 billion baht in total investment capital and employ more than 200,000 workers.

Meanwhile, the National Flood Relief Centre is still confident that Navanakhon Industrial Estate in Pathum Thani can be spared from flooding.

Soldiers and workers at the Navanakhon Industrial Estate have hurried to fill sandbags to fortify flood walls in the northern and eastern part of the industrial estate with another 50 centimetre height in order to protect 200 plants from flooding.

The Navanakhon Industrial Estate has been threatened by flood coming from the Bang Pa-in Industrial Estate, located nine kilometers away.

Industry Minister Wannarat Charnnukul talked with executives of the Navanakhon Industrial Estate to respond to the flood situation and inspected the dyke.

The minister ordered the irrigation department to provide 2,500 iron sheets to reinforce the earthen dyke in the west in the path of flood waters.

The executives proposed diverting the flood water, surrounding the estate, to three canals. The ministry will bring their suggestion up for discussion with the national flood relief centre.