Residents and emergency personnel in Song district of Phrae province recently faced the tragic task of removing a fallen tree that resulted in the death of a six-year-old girl. The unfortunate event occurred as a series of summer storms battered the district on Friday. The extreme weather conditions prompted the Meteorological Department to issue a warning for upper Thailand, predicting thunderstorms, gusty winds, isolated hail, and lightning strikes from Sunday through Wednesday.
Furthermore, the department stated that a moderate high pressure system from China will cover the northeastern regions of Thailand and the South China Sea from Monday to Thursday. The country can expect hot to very hot temperatures coupled with southwesterly and southeasterly winds blowing over the upper regions during this period. These unstable weather conditions can result in summer storms, thunderstorms, strong gusts, and lightning across northeastern and eastern regions, eventually impacting other areas.
Authorities are urging residents to stay vigilant during this season of severe weather, avoiding potentially dangerous outdoor locations. The department suggests that people distance themselves from large trees, billboards, and unsecured structures for added safety. Farmers in the region have also been advised to take preventive measures to minimize damage to crops.
In addition to the warnings for upper Thailand, the Meteorological Department forecasts that easterly and southeasterly winds will persist across the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea, bringing more rain to the southern provinces. Waves in the Gulf could reach about one meter high, and even exceed two meters during thundershowers. Residents of coastal areas are advised to exercise caution, and boat operators are urged to proceed carefully in these tumultuous conditions.
The tragic incident in Phrae province, where a six-year-old girl lost her life after powerful gusts and hail uprooted a large tree, serves as a somber reminder of the need for preparedness during severe weather. Padaeng village in tambon Tao Poon has also suffered from knocked-down power poles as a result of the storm. The Phrae provincial public relations office reported on Saturday that a total of 88 houses in two tambons of Song district sustained damage due to the storm.
With continued severe weather conditions predicted throughout the region, residents are encouraged to stay informed, plan their activities accordingly, and take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of themselves and their loved ones.