Thai provinces hit by floods, authorities say industry safe
BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Nine people have died and more than 1 million have been affected by flooding in Thailand, officials said on Wednesday, but authorities offered assurances that flood waters would not reach central industrial areas and near Bangkok as in 2011.
Widespread floods in 2011 killed more than 800 people and caused massive disruption to industry, cutting economic growth that year to just 0.1 per cent.
Authorities discount the possibility of any similar disruption, but have expressed concern over one industrial estate in Ayutthaya province, 80km north of Bangkok.
"We are monitoring Saha Rattana Nakorn complex in Ayutthaya, where flood walls are only 30 per cent complete, but are confident that we will be able to take care of all industrial estates," said Mr Chatchai Promlert, director general of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department.