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Storms wreak havoc in 16 provinces

Apr 07. 2020
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By THE NATION

Storms have wrecked 1,589 homes in 16 provinces, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said today (April 7), though there have been no reports of any deaths.

Department director-general Monthon Sudprasert said a high-pressure system from China covering the Northeast and the South China Sea and southerly and southeasterly winds blowing the humidity from the South China Sea into the lower North, the Northeast, the Central and the East regions have caused thunderstorms and gusty winds since April 1.

“The sixteen provinces that have been affected are Phitsanulok, Phichit, Phetchabun, Nong Khai, Loei, Sakon Nakhon, Khon Kaen, Mukdahan, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima, Surin, Sisaket, Nakhon Sawan, Lopburi, Prachinburi, and Trat,” he said. “Thirty-nine districts, 80 subdistricts and 199 villages have reported damages covering 1,589 households.”

Besides this, 47 barns, a school and a temple have been damaged, and six cows killed.

“The department has coordinated with local administration offices, the military and related agencies to provide aids to victims,” he said. “Consumer products, medical supplies and construction material are being delivered to help people fix their homes. The department will also dispatch officials to estimate the damage in each community and submit a report to the Finance Ministry to disburse money earmarked for natural disasters.”

If you require assistance during a natural disaster, contact the department via hotline 1784.

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