Floods encircle Thai industrial park; government says no repeat of 2011
BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Floodwater encircled an industrial estate to the north-east of Bangkok on Thursday, adding to fears that Thailand could see a repeat of the devastation caused by floods in 2011, but the estate's director said water would not enter the complex.
The flooding in 2011 killed more than 800 people around the country and caused major disruption to industry, cutting economic growth that year to just 0.1 percent. Since Thailand is a big supplier of electronic parts, hard disk drives and car parts, international supply lines were disrupted, too.
The government has insisted there will be no repetition, partly because rain has been less heavy this time but also because dams are nowhere near as full as they were then.
The 304 Industrial Park in Prachin Buri province, 135 km north-east of Bangkok, has 110 factories, many of them Japanese-owned.