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article imageHuge waves batter Southern Thailand, shoreline houses swept away

By Leo Reyes     Dec 25, 2011 in Environment
Giant waves measuring at least five meters high hit part of Southern Thailand Sunday, forcing residents in the affected areas to flee as their houses were swept away by the storm-induced waves from the sea.
Among the areas hardly-hit were Hua Lame village in Langsuan district and sub-villages in the three sub districts as giant waves struck before noon time. No casualties have been reported so far.
Flooding in the coastal villages did not originate directly from heavy rainfall in contrast with the flooding devastation in Southern Philippines as giant waves struck the villages which reportedly caused the flooding.
Thailand has been struggling from months of flooding which submerged many villages in Bangkok including industrial areas where export-oriented factories maintain the production facilities.
In the Philippines, Japanese automaker Honda has suspended its operations last month due to lack of spare parts coming from suppliers in flooded areas of Thailand.
The economies of other countries are now feeling the shortages of parts and products coming from Thailand.
Japan will be hardest hit as several giant companies have their manufacturing operations in Thailand including Toyota, Honda Hitachi and Canon. Most of these plants remain closed after floodwater enter their factories.
At least seven major industrial estates have been inundated with floodwater reaching as high as three meters causing heavy damages to plant machinery and equipment.
Meanwhile, Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said her government will consider the flood crises which has brought down Thailand export production to its lowest levels, as an opportunity to rebuild the country's infrastructure including its water resources management system.
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