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Summer storms kill 4, cause damages in 30 provinces 

The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department says summer storms have wreaked havoc to 30 provinces, and killed four persons over the past five days.

Director-general of the department Mr Chayapol Thitisak said summer storms that happened between April 13 and 17 have killed four persons and caused damages to houses in 30 provinces.

He said 3,033 houses in 477 villages of 209 districts in 30 provinces were damaged by storms.

Four people also died from storm-related incidents.

A house damaged by summer storm in Phitsanulok.

The affected provinces included 11 in the North, 16 in the Northeast, and 3 in the Central.

Relief officials have been dispatched to the affected areas to assess the situation and to hand out primary assistance to the people, he said.

Emergency response teams are placed on stand by to monitor the weather condition closely so that they could go out immediately to assist the affected people, Mr Chayapol said, adding that people could call hotline 1784 for help in case of emergency.

The Thai Meteorological Department today (April 18) issued summer thunderstorm warning for 16 provinces. People should keep off unsecured building and outdoor and farmers beware of crop damage.

Affected provinces are:

  • North: Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang, Phayao, Nan and Phrae.
  • Central: Uthai Thani, Chai Nat, Kanchanaburi, Suphan Buri and Ratchaburi.
  • South: Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan and Chumphon.

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