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Tropical Storms Destroy Hundreds of Homes in Northern Thailand

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CHIANG RAI – Besides forest fires and the haze situation in the North, tropical storms have hit 24 provinces including Chiang Rai, prompting the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation to coordinate with provincial authorities to take measures immediately to help the victims.

According to reports by the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation from April 5 until Thursday, thunderstorms and strong winds hit 24 provinces in the northeastern, northern and central regions, causing injury to nine villagers and damage to 3,463 houses.

Over 100 houses have been damaged after a hailstorm hit a village in Thailand’s northern Nan province. Tha Wang Pa School has sustained severe damages to its classroom buildings and parking facility. Electricity poles were knocked down causing blackout in a wide area.

The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has coordinated with the provincial authorities, military, local administrative organizations and other related agencies to provide basic assistance to the victims and assess and evaluate the affected and damaged areas so that further aid measures can be provided in accordance with the regulations of the Ministry of Finance.

Members of the public are advised to follow weather forecasts and follow warnings strictly. Those in need of emergency aid may call Hotline 1784 at any time around the clock.

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