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Floodwaters start to subside in Bangkok

Monday, November 14, 2011 - 01:34

Nov. 14 - Residents of the Thai capital struggle to keep their businesses going as the floodwaters recede and Japanese car manufacturers such as Mitsubishi resume production. Nick Rowlands reports.

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As water starts to recede in central Bangkok, traffic begins returning to the streets. But having been inundated by floodwaters for more than a week, many stores in the Thai capital have taken a hit. (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) 27-YEAR-OLD WORKER KITTIMA TIENGSRIKLIANG: "I tried to keep the business going. I should not stop. I pray every day for the water to subside. I have missed a lot of customers." At least 12 districts of Bangkok were swamped, though the financial area remained dry, and now the clean-up must begin. Factories east of the capital are re-opening - such as this Mitsubishi plant, which halted production for a month during Thailand's worst flooding in 50 years. (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) VICE PRESIDENT FOR MANUFACTURING AND PRODUCTION CONTROL AT MITSUBHISHI MOTORS (THAILAND) SUVITCH BENCHATIKUL: "We've lost more than 20,000 vehicles including export cars, and car parts that we export to other countries. Today is the first day we fully resumed production of pick-ups, sedans and trucks." Mitsubishi said staff will be asked to work overtime to boost production. Media said at least three other Japanese car manufacturers - Nissan, Ford, and Mazda - have also resumed production. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.

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Floodwaters start to subside in Bangkok

Monday, November 14, 2011 - 01:34