Tropical storm, waves wreak havoc to Thai coastal villages

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PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN, April 13 – A fierce tropical storm in the Gulf of Thailand stranded more than 70 fishing boats in this seaboard province ashore early this morning.

A provincial official said huge waves, about four metres high, moved swiftly to the shore and hit several fishing communities in Ban Kan Kradao and Ban Thung Mamao villages, 280 km south of Bangkok.

Describing the tropical storm as the most ferocious in 50 years, he said about 20 houses and 40 fishing boats were destroyed by the violent tides. Damages were estimated at over Bt10 million.