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THAI FLOOD UPDATES Asean Affairs     24  October  2011

12.51pm

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has warned it could take six weeks for the deadly flooding to recede, telling residents in the capital to prepare for possible inundation of up to one meter (three feet) deep.
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Thai troops on Sunday reinforced vulnerable barriers along Bangkok's Chao Phraya river after a sudden rise in the water level set back efforts to contain the worst floods in decades.
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The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration late Sunday issued a warning for people in six districts to prepare for flooding as the huge amount of water from the North continues to bear down on the capital.
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The six districts are Don Mueang, Lasksi, Bang Khen, Chatuchak, Bang Sue and Sai Mai.
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration  Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra warned residents to remove their belongings and cars to higher ground, or move out and stay at one of the temporary shelters provided by the BMA.

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Government units are preparing proposals for the Cabinet's consideration tomorrow to restore investor confidence after widespread flooding disrupted manufacturers' supply chains.
"We need measures to rehabilitate the inundated factories so they can resume production as soon as the water subsides," Deputy Prime Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong said yesterday.
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Thailand's the worst flooding in half a century has forced a number of parts makers and Japanese manufacturers to halt production in Thailand, raising fears the flooding may affect manufacturing worldwide.
Thailand is home to many parts makers and plays a critical role in the global supply chain. If disruptions are prolonged, it could upset manufacturers worldwide, according to Merrill Lynch Japan Securities Co.


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