STRONG WINDS accompanying an intense thunderstorm toppled several trees that collapsed on many houses in a Nakhon Ratchasima subdistrict with both locals and tourists scurrying for safety last evening, Siam Rath newspaper reported.
At 11 a.m. to , Mr. Chana Thonethong, Nakhon Ratchasima Mueang district chief, together with Ms. Rachada Jaikla, a member of the Provincial Administrative Organization Council, went to Nong Rawiang subdistrict that had borne the brunt of the worst storm in 40 years to oversee the assistance being given to the victims among whom were tourists from Chaiyaphum, Buri Ram and Surin provinces.
Machines had been brought in to chop and remove the trees that had collapsed and damaged several houses and were blocking the roads. Tents and a community kitchen had been set up to temporary shelter and feed those affected.
Mr. Angkul Siripokhanon, a village headman at Nong Rawiang subdistrict, said initial damage inspection revealed that Ban Thap Chang School, three temples and 98 houses had been damaged in the violent storm that also tore many flimsy structures.
Meanwhile Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s Flood Prevention Centre said at 4 p.m. today that there is currently light to moderate rain in Sai Mai, Khlong Sam Wa, Min Buri and Nong Chok districts with the storm moving into Pathum Thani and Nakhon Nayok provinces
Houses in Nakhon Ratchasima damaged by trees uprooted during last evening’s powerful storm with one flimsy structure now uninhabitable. Photos: Siam Rath