Storm knocks down badminton club building

A POWERFUL storm led to the collapse of a  badminton club in Nonthaburi yesterday (Sept. 12) and as the structure sank it damaged 6 adjoining townhouses and 30 vehicles and motorcycles with damage being at least 10 million baht, according to a Channel 7 news report.

Officials from the Department of Public Works and Town and Country Planning and Nonthaburi municipality today checked the two-storey NP Badminton Club in Soi Raewadee and the area around it after having declared it a disaster zone and cordoning it off and initially found that extensions had been made to the structure to strengthen it.

However they are still waiting to question the club’s owner, Suwat Niamprem, 58, again before reaching any conclusion.

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Meanwhile owners of damaged vehicles and motorbikes were not allowed to remove them from the collapsed building.

Pol Lt. Col. Phanthamit Changprasert, deputy head of Muang Nonthaburi police station, said no charges have been filed against the badminton club’s owner as yet because they were still waiting for a report from experts while also having to question the owner again.

Police have received reports on damage caused when this building toppled with these mostly being about damaged cars and motorcycles.


Top and inset: The collapsed badminton club as seen this morning. Photos: