Over 3,300 houses were damaged and one man died by windstorms last week

One man died and more than 3,300 houses were damaged by windstorms during the 5-day period from April 23-28.

According to Mr Chayaphol Thitisak, director-general of Public Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, windstorms struck 32 provinces, 84 districts, 172 tambon and 393 villages, damaging altogether 3,320 houses and affecting 7,715 people.

Provinces battered by windstorms Lamphun, Phayao, Kamphaeng Phet, Lampang, Nakhon Sawan, Phrae, Chiang Mai, Phichit, Phetchabon, Nan, Tak and Chiang Rai in the North; Udon Thani, Nong Khai, Bung Karn, Si Sa Ket, Ubon Ratchathani, Nong Bua Lamphu, Muk Dahan,Loei, Khon Kaen, Buri Ram, Surin, Sakhon Nakhon and Maha Sarakham in the Northeast; Chainat, Lop Buri, Ang Thong, Uthai Thani, Prachuab Kiri Khan and Samut Songkram in the central region and the southern province of Surat Thani.

As a temporary measure to ease the hardship of the affected people, Mr Chayaphol said his department had coordinated with the military and relevant agencies to provide food, roof tiles and materials for house repairs to the storm victims.

In the next step, compensation for damage will be provided in accordance with the regulations of the Finance Ministry. The victims can also seek help by calling hotline 1784 around the clock.