Thai govt issues evacuation order in Ayutthaya
The government has ordered people in another industrial estate and its vicinity in central Thailand to evacuate, due to possible flooding from a nearby river.
About 150 companies operate in the Hi-tech Industrial Estate in the city of Ayutthaya, about 100 kilometers north of Bangkok. 70 percent of them are Japanese firms, including plants affiliated to Canon and Sony.
In the city 2 other industrial estates are already several meters underwater amid the country's worst flooding in half a century. Honda Motor and other Japanese companies have suspended their operations.
People in the capital Bangkok, located in the downstream areas of the river, are on the alert for possible flooding over the weekend. The fears are of a possible discharge of dam water and excessive high tide levels due to the spring tide.
Residents in a Bangkok suburb are piling up sand bags to block more water from flowing out of the Chao Phraya River.
A Japanese school with about 2,600 students has decided to close for 3 days from Thursday.
Thai meteorological authorities expect the heavy rain to likely continue through the end of this month.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 20:23 +0900 (JST)