A Ford India assembly plant has been forced to shut down production for a time, as heavy monsoon rainfall inundates the southern city of Chennai, regional home of the Endeavour (Everest), Fiesta, Figo, and EcoSport.
According to Bloomberg, the monsoon rainfall has flooded many neighborhoods in Chennai, disrupting public transport and making it difficult (if not impossible) for workers to reach the plant. Beside Ford India, BMW AG and Renault SA have also had to cut or cease production in the city while the weather rages.
Bloomberg reports that this is the second time in a month that heavy rainfall has caused a cessation of production; a record 48 inches of rain fell through the month of November. Hyundai Motor Company, Daimler AG’s truck division, and Ashok Leyland Ltd. also operate plants in the city of Chennai.
Very heavy rainfall is forecast for the region over the next four days, causing uncertainty as to when Ford India will be able to resume production there.