PHRAE – Samrarn Paphokhansai, chairman of Thung Khlaew tambon administration organization in Nong Muang Khai district, has reported that a hailstorm pounded several villages in Phrae’s Nong Muang Khai district late Saturday night, causing severe damage to more than 200 houses and ravaging corn fields.
On Sunday morning District Charmian Samrarn Paphokhansai, on Sunday morning led local officials to inspect the damage caused by the hailstorm, no injuries were reported.
Heavy rain and massive hailstones the size of golf balls damaged the roofs of 235 houses and caused blackouts in the entire area, Mr Samrarn said.
The hailstorm also destroyed roof tiles off Ban Thung Khlaew School and damaged many local corn fields. School director Direk Chanpen and teachers on Sunday inspected the damage at the school, particularly at its computer room.
Buakhlee Chumpooming, 72, a local resident, said the hailstorm caught many residents off guard as it battered her community violently and quickly, roofing tiles of many homes were blown away in the extreme winds.
Huge Hailstones then started failing and turned the area white, she said.
The locals said it was the first time they had seen such a blanket down pouring of hail. It took more than an hour for the hail to stop failing.
Soldiers from Phraya Chaiyabun military camp in Den Chai district in this northern province, were sent to help affected residents.