Thailand is well known for its good weather, with plenty of sunshine and tropical temperatures. However, intense storms do sometimes happen, as anyone who was in the Sattahip outdoor market in Pattaya last week would have witnessed.
With almost no warning, a strong twister swept through the popular market, destroying as many as 500 stalls and tents, bringing power poles crashing to the ground and injuring nine people.
“I saw more than 1,000 people running and screaming, scared for their lives,” witness Boonchuay Boonchaiyo told the Pattaya Mail. “After the storm lifted, many people were hurt. We’re just lucky no one was stabbed by steel from the broken tents.”
The injured people were taken to Queen Sirikit and Apakornkiettivong Sattahip hospitals, where they received immediate attention. A heavy storm followed the twister, lasting for several hours and causing the roads and surrounding land to flood.
The damage that the twister caused to the outdoor market is believed to amount to nearly three million baht as it includes smashed cars, tents and a whole heap of property.