Mazda Motor Corporation has resumed its operations at Hiroshima Plant and Hofu Plant after the company suspended the production since July 7 due to exceptional heavy rains and floods.
With that, workers in Ujina Plant No.1 and Ujina Plant No.2 at the Hiroshima Plant will start working on a single-shift basis, while the Hofu Plant will proceed with normal operations. The Japanese marque plans to continue this schedule until July 20 to consider safety and logistic situation, as well as to support the recovery of the region.
Moreover, Mazda will announce the changes on the production system, which will then be effective on July 21. This will affect the vehicle production of the brand, which, in turn, might affect customer deliveries in Japan and other areas it provides.
Since the company is located in Hiroshima, the Japanese carmaker mentioned that they are willing to provide necessities and physical support for the affected people. They are also keeping in touch with local communities to help the people in the affected areas get back up again.
Aside from Mazda, other automakers such as Mitsubishi and Daihatsu had also suspended operations in some plants because of heavy traffic, delay in parts supplies, and safety concerns.
According to CNN, these devastating flash floods and landslides caused by torrential rain in Japan have left 200 fatalities. Also, over two million residents were forced to move from their homes after record rainfalls, making it one of the deadliest and worst natural disaster to hit Japan.
“Mazda Motor Corporation wishes to convey its heartfelt sympathy and concern for all people affected by the recent record rains. We would like to express our sincere condolences to those affected, and we pray for a prompt recovery in all affected areas.”
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