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.
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.