Today, June 10th, Suzuki will halt production at its plant in Esztergom, Hungary, due to the floods which have also hit Poland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
Suzuki spokeswoman Viktoria Ruska said that due to the floods the authorities had to close an important bridge, which means that almost all the plant’s workers will not be able to get to work today. The automaker hopes to resume work tomorrow if the conditions will allow it.
The Danube is to reach record heights, surpassing the 8.6 metre record seen in the 2006 floods. In Hungary more than 1,300 people from 34 towns and villages had to leave their homes and authorities have closed 44 roads.
“The (floods) are approaching the heart of the country now. We can say that the next two days will be decisive,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orban. “In Budapest … it is not simply the flood which is the problem … but the complicated public works system through which all kinds of problems can arise.”
Last week Porsche said that the floods in the Czech Republic have disrupted supply of the Cayenne SUV bodies to the plant in Leipzig, forcing the company to cut a shift. Porsche’s spokeswoman said that several hundred workers will not come to work due to the floods, but also said that the automaker’s flexible production system will help the company offset the production loss by adding more shifts at a later date.