150 houses destroyed as Surin was hit by storms


SURIN, 17 April 2013 – More than 150 houses, rice barns and mills, and animal farms in Surin were destroyed after a tropical storm hit this northeastern province last evening. 

Authorities said the trail of damages could be seen in Jom Phra and Muang Districts, adding the storm has blown roofs of many houses a few kilometers away. The provincial rice depot belonging to the government’s rice pledging scheme was also completely torn down by the storm.

Initially the local administration is working around the clock to aid storm victims.

About 20 families in Jom Phra District and 50 others in Muang District have become homeless. They are seeking shelters at temples and will stay there until repairs of their houses are completed.

Village heads in the affected districts are urgently seeking assistance from the central administration.