April 1, 2011 / 8:21 AM / 8 years ago

Severe flooding to reduce Thai shrimp output

BANGKOK, April 1 (Reuters) - Severe flooding in southern Thailand has damaged shrimp farms and is expected to hurt frozen food production and exports, a leading industry official said, as authorities warned of more flooding in four provinces.

“About 50,000 to 60,000 tonnes of shrimps were washed away by the flood. Damaged roads also obstruct transportation from farms,” Panisuan Jamnarmwej, president of the Thai Frozen Food Association, told Reuters. He said exports would be affected but it was too early to estimate by how much.

Thailand’s southern provinces produce about 70 percent of the country’s annual shrimp exports of 600,000 tonnes.

The floods, which have forced railways to suspend services and cut off road and air transportation, have killed 25 people across four provinces. Seven other provinces were also affected.

Reporting by Apornrath Phoonphongphiphat; Writing by Ambika Ahuja; Editing by Jason Szep

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