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Storm Wreaks Havoc In Xanakham, Alert For More Wind And Rain

Source: Vientiane Times

Many parts of the country have been affected by storms and the Meteorology and Hydrology Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, is advising everyone to be on the alert for the possibility of more wind and rain between April 2-4.

The Governor of Xanakham district in Vientiane province, Mr Saman Visetyaphong, told Vientiane Times the district was lashed by a storm on Monday.

“The storm passed over Xanakham district at around 16:30pm. Five houses and nine electricity poles were damaged but fortunately there were no reports of injury,” he said.

“But some areas are still without power because work crews are replacing the electricity poles and it will take a while longer to finish the work. Power should be restored to normal by today, March 31,” Mr Saman said.

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Other regions have also experienced storms but there are no reports of any damage.

The Meteorology and Hydrology Department issued a weather alert on Monday, warning of the possibility of strong winds and rain in all provinces, especially in northern and central areas.

In strong winds, people are advised to keep away from advertising boards, trees and unsecure buildings as they may collapse.

The department is also urging the public to monitor national and local news stations for weather updates.

Earlier this month, electricity poles, power lines, roads, houses and other structures were damaged when a squall passed through parts of the country. In Xekong province, 41 electricity poles, 1.23 kilometres of power lines and transformers were blown down in Lamam district.

A rainstorm with strong winds and hail also passed through Phonthong district in Luang Prabang province, but no reports of serious damage were received.

Meanwhile, thunderstorms brought heavy rain and strong winds to some areas of Borikhamxay and Savannakhet provinces.