With Thailand currently in the midst of its annual peak rainy period, authorities are working to ensure that industrial estates are well-prepared for any and all water contingencies. The head of the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand has expressed confidence that industrial parks will successfully weather this year’s flood season.
Industry Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit has ordered the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) to keep parks nationwide informed of the situation, especially those located in flood-prone areas.
Minister Suriya noted that as far as he has been briefed, all industrial parks have concrete flood prevention measures already in place, with some even erecting embankments as a pre-emptive measure. The minister also said he was confident that industrial estates would be able to handle the water situation this year.
The IEAT has assured that flood management plans for industrial estates are being strictly followed. Water pumps and backup generators, for example, have been inspected and continuously maintained to ensure 100% functionality. Water bodies inside industrial parks have also been drained to their lowest levels so they can serve as water retention areas. Coordination is also taking place with external parties in order to supply mobile water pumps to industrial parks.
It added that all industrial estates have been instructed to frequently carry out flood management drills. (NNT)