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Storms batter villages Summer storms wreaked havoc
« on: April 22, 2012, 11:51:51 AM »

Summer storms wreaked havoc in the Central Plains and Northeast regions yesterday, damaging more than 100 homes and killing one person.

TORN UP: Jamnong Khlangthong, 63, inspects damage to her roof in Ayutthaya’s Uthai district following a freak storm yesterday

In the Central Plains, Uthai Thani province was hit hardest by the storms. About 80 houses in Moo 17 village of tambon Rabam in Lan Sak district were damaged, with 10 completely destroyed.

A 54-year-old villager, Amkha Singkhaat, was crushed to death by a falling tree while she was riding a motorcycle on Nong Chang- Lan Sak Road.

Jantra Srimok, 56, the owner of a completely destroyed house said he was lucky that he and other family members were still alive. Nobody stayed inside the house while the strong wind was battering it.

''This was the first time I have seen winds as strong as this. I watched the roof of my house blow away piece by piece,'' said Mr Jantra.

The Moo 17 village chief and members of the tambon administration organisation were trying to put a figure on the damage before asking for financial help from the Office of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation in Uthai Thani.

In the Northeast, Sakon Nakhon province was hit hardest by the storm. More than 20 houses in Moo 1 village of tambon Phang Khwang in Muang district were completely destroyed. The village's radio station tower collapsed.

Fortunately, no one was injured or killed, officials said.

Wicharn Thanhin, chief of the Office of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation in Sakon Nakhon, rushed to the scene shortly after the storm to assess the cost of the damage.

He said officials had not finished the task of estimating the damage. People affected should soon know how much compensation they will get from the government, he added.

Mr Wicharn said after the inspection that he ordered his staff to help villagers fix their houses hit by the storm and warned people to prepare themselves for summer storms that might happen soon in the country.

Sakon Nakhon Rajabhat University, which was hosting a graduation ceremony, was also hit by the storm. Some tree branches were broken off in the university's compound and many stalls at the event were affected.

The Meteorological Centre in the Northeast issued a weather alert yesterday. People living in Nong Khai, Bung Kan, Loei, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Udon Thani, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom and Mukdahan provinces were warned to prepare for heavy rain and hail over the next few days.

In the South, heavy rains and thunder storms yesterday wreaked havoc in Phangnga's Takua Pa and Thai Muang districts and in Krabi's Muang district, triggering flash floods in many areas.
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