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Big Cleaning Day held in flood-hit Thai province

(Xinhua)

17:30, November 21, 2011

BANGKOK, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- Central Ayutthaya province, Thailand's old capital and world heritage site, held 'Big Cleaning Day' on Monday in the Bang Pa-In Industrial Estate after flood water receded.

Some 2,000 staff of those factories in Bang Pa-In industrial park joined in the cleaning work in order to help flood-hit manufacturers resume their production by the end of this month.

Home to over 100 manufacturing plants, Bang Pa-In is one of the seven industrial estates in central Ayutthaya and Pathum Thani provinces which were inundated by heavy deluge in October.

More than one million workers have been suspended due to the worst floods in over 50 years and initial loss for submerged seven industrial estates has been estimated at about 3.3 billion U.S. dollars.

Floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains and back-to-back tropical storms have ravaged the country since late July, killing more than 600 and affecting 13 million residents nationwide.

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