Skoda Halts Production Due To Floods

PRAGUE (AP) -- Czech carmaker Skoda Auto AS, a unit of Germany's Volkswagen AG, was forced to partially halt production after a supplier was hit by the weekend's flooding in northern Czech Republic, the company's spokesman said Wednesday.

Jaroslav Cerny said Skoda Auto's main plant in Mlada Boleslav, 40 kilometers (25 miles) northeast of Prague and another plant in Vrchlabi, 80 kilometers northeast of Prague, will halt their production of Octavia and Fabia models, starting Thursday.

The plants will resume production next week, Cerny said.

He added that an extra work shift planned for a factory in Kvasiny, some 130 kilometers east of Prague, which produces Superb, Roomster and Yetti models, has also been canceled.

A supplier which delivers interior ceilings to Skoda Auto's models has been closed since Saturday after its plant was partly submerged by floods.

Chrastava, the northern Czech town where the supplier's plant is based, was so badly hit by the flooding that some people had to be evacuated from the roofs of their homes by police and military helicopters.

The supplier is expected to resume deliveries Saturday.

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