CHIANG RAI – Thunderstorms and hail pounded 16 districts of Chiang Rai late Monday night, damaging around 1,000 houses.
Paithoon Nakthae, director of the province’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office, said reports were received of blackouts in 30 villages in five districts as utility poles were knocked over and tree branches snapped power lines.
All of Mae Fah Luang district was without electricity when storms raked 12 villages in four tambon.
Paithoon said hail fell on Mae Saruay district for half an hour, damaging houses, longan orchards and pumpkin gardens and blocking roads with fallen trees.
In Muang district, a broken power cable resulted in a short circuit and brief fire, and a house caught fire after being struck by lightning.
In Mae Sai district, trees fell against a district hospital’s exterior wall.
Chiang Saen district was blacked out for 30 minutes and Wieng Kaen had power outages in several areas.
The Department of Public Disaster Prevention and Mitigation also reported that that officials of the department, military personnel and local officials have been working together to survey the damage and to carry out house repairs from the storms.
The department ais warning people in the northern, northeastern and central provinces to brace for more summer storms until Thursday and to keep up to date with their local weather services.
The emergency number for any problems is 1784.
Source: CRT, The Nation