10/12/2011 04:32 EDT | Updated 12/11/2011 05:12 EST

Western Digital says flooding in Thailand has disrupted its production of computer hard drives

BANGKOK - Flooding in Thailand has disrupted production at one of the world's largest manufacturers of hard drives for personal computers.

Western Digital Corp. said Wednesday that production in Thailand has been halted to protect employees and would be constrained in the current quarter.

Thailand's worst floods in half a century have killed more than 280 people since late July, swamped more than two-thirds of country and inflicted billions of dollars in damage.

Western Digital shipped about 32.4 million hard drives from Thailand in the April-June quarter. It also makes hard drives in neighbouring Malaysia.