Tropical storms and intense heat cause problems in several provinces

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BANGKOK, 5 May 2015 – The current bout of intense heat is causing problems for chicken farm owners in Uthai Thani and vegetable growers in Nakhon Sawan; meanwhile, tropical storms triggered landslides in Yala and damaged homes in Nakhon Ratchasima and Sisaket.

In Yala province, two hours of incessant rainfall triggered landslides in Betong sub-district, rendering some roads impassable to traffic. One part of a road in the sub-district that was under construction reportedly collapsed.

In Nakhon Ratchasima, a tropical storm damaged as many as 100 homes in Phimai district in addition to numerous temples, grain silos and crop fields.

In Sisaket, the provincial governor handed out relief packages to flood-stricken locals in Wang Hin district, in the aftermath of Sunday’s tropical storm, which damaged 47 homes and a school.

In Uthai Thani, chickens have been put under stress by the intense heat. Farm owners are hard-pressed to keep the temperature in the farm between 28-32 degrees Celsius, and this has resulted in rising electricity costs.