The summer thunderstorm came with hailstorms the size of golf balls in Nong Bua Lamphu Province. Many provinces in Thailand experienced a summer storm with strong winds and heavy rain, but in Na Wang District in Nong Bua Lamphu there was also a hailstorm that destroyed local homes, INN News reported on 12 April 2020.
One of the victims is Emmika Butrpakdee 20 years old in the house no.145, Thai Niyom village. The villager took pictures to show the proof of the damage done to her home. Emmika stated that at around 15.30 she was cleaning inside the home when the summer thunderstorm arrived. At first, there were just heavy winds and rain but then the hailstorm started. She heard the loud noise and then the hail started to break her roof. She picked one up and realized it was bigger than a chicken egg.
After the hailstorm stopped, Emmika went to walk around the Thai Niyom village and saw that other homes were damaged too, along with local restaurants, the security guard cabin, and vehicles parked on the road. When Emmika drove around the area, she realized that the whole district was affected and it was not just her village.
In the past 2 weeks, there have been several hailstorms in Nong Bua Lamphu. In another district named Suwan Kuha locals notified the media that they have not received enough help. Damaged homes added to the Covid-19 situation has been extremely stressful for the locals. Most of them are currently laid off from work due to the Coronavirus with no income, as they are living on their savings there is not much money to invest in repairing homes.
The ThaiMeteorological Department has announced that there will be a summer thunderstorm in provinces mainly in the Northeastern part of Thailand from 12-14 April 2020. Nawang District, Nong Bua Lamphu Province is one of the most affected provinces due to the hailstorms with hails the size of a golf ball.
FB Caption: Emmika picked up a hail ball and realized it was bigger than a chicken egg.
Source: INN News