Row houses in Samut Prakan collapse

Samut Prakan � Some residents of Saeng Tawan housing project in Bang Saothong district had to flee for safety late on Monday night when eight row houses in which they were staying caved in, causing structural damage.

On Tuesday morning, Wissanupong, the Bang Saothong district chief, Kasem Sae Lee, the chairman of the Bang Saothong tambon administration organisation (TAO), went to the housing project at kilometre marker 26 on Theparak road to examine the damage.

They found the eight row houses had caved in and partly damaged.

Pattama Phiewpong, 35, the owner of one of the houses that collapsed, told the officials that at about 11 pm, while sleeping, she woke up on hearing a loud noise of the walls and beams cracking, prompting her and other family members to move outside. Residents of other houses did the same.

Mr Kasem said that since the row houses � Nos 129/129 to 129/136 � had caved in with structural damage, he had issued an order to prohibit use of the houses. Residents in the housing estate were asked to help move belongings out of the houses.

Suwit Sothipreedawong, a member of the the housing project committee, said he rushed to the housing area in the morning on being informed of the incident.

He had found out that the footing at house No 1239/136 had dislocated, causing damage to the entire structure of the houses which adjoin one another in a row.

Mr Suwit said the owner of the project had promised to take full responsibility for the damage by repairing the eight houses. The repairs would take between one to two months to finish.

During the repairs, residents of the eight row houses would be allowed to reside in townhouses of which construction had just been completed.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)