Flood begins receding at Amata Nakorn industrial estate

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CHON BURI, Oct 21 – Amata Nakorn industrial estate in the eastern seaboard province of Chon Buri has sped up its water drainage operations as floodwaters began to recede.

Viboon Kromadit, executive director and chief marketing officer of Amata Corporation, said floodwaters in general have decreased by 15-20 centimetres, and that factories are operating as usual except for 17 factories which earlier announced their temporary closure.

He said the closed factories have products in their stock for three days. The factories were not flooded but their workers could not enter the facilities which were surrounded by floodwaters.

Some roads leading to the affected factories were submerged under up to 35 centimetres of water.

Mr Viboon said floodwaters will recede further if there is no rain, and all 17 factories will be able to resume operations as soon as staff buses could enter the compound.

He said Amata Nakorn has discussed with the Industry Ministry, the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand, the Royal Thai Navy, Chon Buri province and other concerned agencies about handling the flood situation.

The navy has dispatched ten more boats to help push floodwaters. Together the estate has 43 boats and over one hundred pumps, and about 500 giant sandbags or ‘big bags’ to be used as barriers to prevent more flooding at high tide.