10/17/11 (AEIN) The largest industrial complex near Thailand's capitol Bangkok has been flooded, forcing factories to shut down and evacuate workers. The flood waters exceeded four feet deep in some parts of the complex, according to a Radio Japan broadcast on Monday.
The Thai government has called upon all factory operators in the area to evacuate their employees. Emergency personnel had to rescue some workers who were surrounded by flood waters. The flooding damaged some assembly lines, including those of Japanese automakers with plants in the southeast Asian nation.
Approximately one-hundred Japanese factories operate in the industrial complex. Like the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the floods in Thailand are expected to seriously affect Japanese automotive supply lines. Japanese plants in other Asian countries normally require parts made in Thailand to maintain production.
Thailand faces the most severe flooding in fifty years, causing potential damages of five billion dollars, according to VOA. The United Nations reported on Sunday that floods had killed over 700 people in Thailand and Cambodia. They have also caused damage in the neighboring countries of Vietnam, Laos and the Philippines.