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Panasonic, Daihatsu halt Malaysian plants after flash floods

Production at Panasonic plant will cease for a week, Daihatsu uncertain

A man and his child stand in flood water in Shah Alam, Selangor state after exceptionally heavy rains caused flash flooding over the weekend.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Panasonic, the latest foreign manufacturer to be hit by severe flooding in Malaysia, announced on Wednesday the temporary suspension of production at its factory near Kuala Lumpur, the capital, after it was inundated by heavy rains.

Panasonic expects the plant to be closed for at least a week, halting its production of vacuum cleaners, ceiling fans and exhaust fans for Southeast Asian markets. The company is currently inspecting the equipment inside the facility.

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