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Storm topples power poles, causing blackout in Phichit

Apr 15. 2017
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By The Nation

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A thunderstorm brought down 68 power poles in the Taphan Hin district of Phichit province on Friday night, leaving some 4,000 houses without power.

The authorities said the storm felled 68 electricity poles on the Taphan Hin-Tapklaw Road between kilometre markers 70 to 76.

The fallen poles blocked a part of the road, leaving only one lane open for traffic. One of the poles fell on a moving car and three poles fell on three houses.

The incident caused a blackout, affecting 4,000 houses in Tambon Nong Phayom. Later in the morning on Saturday, the provincial electricity office in Phichit restored power transmission using temporary cables.

The office said it has assembled 12 teams of 200 workers to re-erect the 68 poles and it is expected that the operation will be completed in a week.

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