Article Metaphor: Thailand Flooding Cripples Hard-Drive Suppliers

In the neck-deep floodwaters of an industrial zone in Thailand, workers are using Jet Skis and wooden skiffs to transport stacks of computer components out of waterlogged factories.  Three weeks after the monsoon run-off swamped more than 1,000 factories across central Thailand, flood waters has only slightly receded, leaving the world’s largest computer makers without crucial.  Because of the flooding, consumers worldwide will roughly a 10 percent increase on external drives.  The effect will be less for desktop and laptop owners.  The world’s biggest names in hard-drive manufacturing operate from Thailand and before the flood, a single facility produced one-quarter of the world’s supply of “sliders,” an integral part of hard-disk drives.  Some view the flooding as a reminder this year’s vulnerability of global supply chains, coming just a few months after the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan and shut down facilities that produce crucial car electronic components.

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