CHIANG RAI, 15 March 2012 (NNT) – Chiang Rai Governor said heavy rain and a violent summer storm hit many districts in Chiang Rai Province, destroying more than 2,600 houses last night.
Thanin Supasaen, Governor of Chiang Rai, said more than 160 villages have been affected, including 7 districts, namely Muang, Phan, Thoeng, Mae Sai, Chiang Saen, Phaya Mengrai and Mae Fah Luang.
Rooftops and walls have been blown off and utility poles ripped from the ground by strong winds, while thunderstorms caused power blackout in many areas. A household hit hardest by the summer storms belongs to Jawan Ongkankham, 60, in Sai district, where the entire rooftop was blown away by the winds. She said this had been the worst storm ever hitting the area.
Chatetha Mosikkarat, head of the Chiang Rai disaster prevention and mitigation office has instructed officials to inspect the damages and provide assistance to residents. He also declared all 160 villages a disaster zone and had requested more emergency budget from provincial authorities for additional assistance.
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