Strong winds, torrential rain damage buildings, vehicles in Tachilek

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Houses and vehicles damaged by strong winds and hailing in Tachilek Township on 23 April. Photo: Maung Yin Kyay

Strong winds and torrential rain along with hail-stones damaged some buildings and vehicles in Tachilek Township in the evening on 23 April.
“It was extremely hot the whole day. But, in the evening, starting from around 5:30 p.m, the wind began to blow and it soon picked up speed. The roofs of 15 houses were damaged in Lwedawkham while the roof of a workshop near the Parhlan staff quarter was blown away. Some trees also fell near the Myoma market. Fortunately, no one was injured. Some areas experienced a power outage around the same time.
There were torrential showers around 5:45 p.m. This is the first time such heavy downpour has been seen in Tachilek, said U Myo Kyaw Soe, a local.
In addition, strong winds damaged the roof of a school in Hsan Lu Village in Lwedawkham village-tract, and a building housing an old age home near Lwedawkham Bridge, according to locals. No one was injured as locals managed to rescue the elderly dwellers in time.
The authorities are still preparing a list of the damage and calculating the losses incurred.—Maung Yin Kyay
(Translated by Hay Mar)

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