WD in Thailand are the biggest foreign employer in Thailand with around 40,000 workers.
WD, Toshiba etc. have a lot of production facilities in and around Ayuttaya and Pathum Thani which have been severely affected. The main highway to Ayuttaya is only just now beginning to be passable again for larger vehicles, this may be a month after flooding hit. I'm nearer to Bangkok (not far from a Lite-On parts manufacturer) and the water is still rising slightly where I live. Water level there today is about 1.2 mts which might not sound a lot but try walking a few kms in it...
Had to evacuate a few days ago while we could still get out, rising dirty water, shops closed, no food or water, anyway, most people had left already. If anyone here has used the former Don Mueang Airport when travelling to Thailand, it is now 90% under water and the highway in front virtually impassable for a long way other than for boats.
To give you an idea of how bad the effect on industry is, Honda, Nikon and Sony factories have been deemed unrecoverable
, all car production across Thailand is still suspended I believe. The industrial estates were to be protected at all costs but the floodwaters could not be stopped so at least half a dozen estates are now submerged, thousands of parts suppliers affected. I saw on NHK tv an exec from Sony I think, who said they believed the assurances given that they would be protected so didn't move machinery to higher floors.
If the worst that happens is you pay higher prices for hard disks then you're doing well. Some of the scenes around where I live were like Dunkirk, it has really been that bad. Apart from flash flooding that is usually over in a few hours I've never seen anything like it around here before. Stagnant water that may takes weeks to drain, a hot climate, rubbish floating everywhere, it's a bad situation and not over yet. (Source