THAILAND: STORMS WREAK HAVOC IN 24 PROVINCES, KILL ONE

BANGKOK, Thailand One person was killed by lightning as thunderstorms and strong winds wreaked havoc in 24 provinces in Thailand this week, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation reported on Friday, the Bangkok Post reported.

Fourteen of the provinces hit are in the Northeast, four in the North, two in the Central Plains, two in the eastern region and the two others in the South.

Gusting winds damaged 1,239 houses and structures in 189 villages in 57 districts, and brought down trees and electricity poles that blocked roads, causing widespread local blackouts and disruption.

A 46-year-old man died when his shelter in a rubber plantation was hit by lightning during a storm in Chachoengsao's Tha Takiab district on Wednesday.

Local authorities provided initial relief to the affected villagers, as people were warned to be alert for more stormy weather on Friday and Saturday.

More extreme weather was forecast for the upper part of the country, the Northeast, the Central Plains and Bangkok and nearby provinces, the department said.

Source: NAM News Network