Kasy thunderstorm destroys school, houses, injuring girls
Two young girls sustained moderate injuries as 15 houses and one school building in Kasy district, Vientiane province were damaged during thunderstorms and strong winds on Wednesday evening.
Head of Kasy District Office Mr Phengkham Chanthamoungkhoun told Vientiane Times yesterday that the winds and rain began at around 4:30pm and continued into the night.
The three communities most affected by the storm were Phonsavath, Viengsamai and Nongbuathong villages.
Squalls brought down a house in Nongbuathong village and the school building in Phonsavath village leaving them without roofs and with severe structural damage.
Meanwhile, 13 houses also suffered moderate damage.
Ten trees were also toppled according to the initial report from Mr Phengkham.
During the incident, Ms Pha, aged 13, and Ms Ney, 13, both of Viengsamai village received moderate injuries as wind dislodged wood from the roof.
The storm left property damage estimated at over 127 million kip.
As elsewhere, xtreme weather events are set to become more common in Laos as global air and sea temperatures rise alongside the effects of human-induced climate change.
Recently many houses in Hadxaifong district, Vientiane were also affected by thunderstorms and strong winds. Last year, four houses, 48 trees and more than 70 electricity poles along Road No. B9 in Kaysone Phomvihane district, Savannakhet province were damaged during a storm that lashed the area.
According to the Weather Forecasting and Aeronautical Meteorology Division of the Meteorology and Hydrology Department from March 30 to April 1, all regions around the country will see hot weather intensify by 1-3C ..
High temperatures are expected to be accompanied by wind gusts and light rain in some localities.
In the capital Vientiane, temperatures are expected to range from a low of 23 to high of 38 degrees Celsius. In northeastern areas, temperatures are set to range from 16-30 degree while in the northwest, temperatures are set to lie within an 18-37 degree band. Central areas will see temperatures set to range from 24-37C while the south can expect temperatures varying from 12-27C.
The Meteorology and Hydrology Department is asking officials and residents in the target provinces to raise awareness in preparation for the weather changes, especially in relation to children and elderly people. The department is also urging the public to monitor national and local news media for weather updates.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update March 31, 2017)