Thailand is facing the worst floods in 50 years. A large number of facilities are completely underwater, production plants have been evacuated, and some people are fighting for their lives.
Reuters reports nearly 366 deaths, while over 30,000 inhabitants from Bangkok have been already evacuated.
Airports of Thailand (AoT) closed Don Mueang airport from 7pm Tuesday as the floodwater had encroached on the runways and affected the lighting, while traffic around the airport was congested because many motorists had driven their vehicles to the airport in the hope of saving them from the floodwater.
Nissan Motor Corp. said Friday that its plant at Samut Prakan remains unaffected by the flood to date and all possible measures have been taken to strengthen the plant’s flood defenses. Production at the plant remains suspended and this production hold has been extended to November 4, due to shortages in parts supply.
The Japanese automaker said that for the moment the production hold at NMT has not affected production at facilities outside Thailand.
Toyota, whose production capacity in Thailand is over 550,000 vehicles per year, on Thursday said that its production halt at three plants in Thailand, in place since October 10, will remain at least until November 5.
Moreover, production from October 31 through November 5 will be adjusted “based on an ongoing assessment of the parts supply situation at each individual production line,” officials noted.
The auto giant had shifted a large number of components used to produce pick-up trucks and modified pick-up trucks to its Gateway City facility in Thailand’s Chachoengsao province.
Honda’s Managing Officer Shoe Minekava announced the postponing of its minivehicle launch in Japan. With most suppliers directly hit by the massive Thai floods, the automakers have hard times in procuring replacement parts and assess the extent of disruption to the supply chain.
Honda’s Thailand factory is closed since Oct.4 and is still unknown when the production will be resumed, as the factory is currently submerged (from October 8). In addition, the automaker has shut down its factory in Bangkok until Oct. 29. As of today (Oct 28), no flood water damage has been confirmed within the property of Thai Honda.
Mazda – updating …
The damage from floods in Thailand is spreading to more of the world’s biggest automakers as supply chains falter and break under the weight of the spreading disaster.