Lightning in Thailand kills three, injures one

Lightning in Thailand kills three, injures one

Three men were killed and one seriously injured after they were allegedly hit by lightning while sheltering from rain in a rice field shack in Rayong's Ban Khai district yesterday afternoon. They were reportedly using cellphones at the time of the incident.

Police rushed to the scene in tambon Nong La Lok upon receiving a report at 3pm and found the bodies of Supachok Prachuapsuk, 18, and Chatchapol Na-in, 17. Wittaya Khomkham, 46, and Winai Wongamaneesai, 36, were rushed to Ban Khai Hospital with serious injuries, and Wittaya succumbed to them later. Police also found two mobile phones at the scene.

Initial investigation showed that the four men were fishing in the area when heavy rain prompted them to seek shelter in the shack. Supachok was reportedly using his mobile when the shack was hit by lightning.

Meanwhile, at least three electricity poles at a stadium in Ayutthaya's Muang district toppled over as a storm rage through the area for two hours and hit three vehicles parked in the area. Two sedans belonged to Ayutthaya Football Club staff members. Nobody was injured.

Separately, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) Department of Drainage and Sewerage director Adisak Khantiprepared said yesterday that the city had made preparations to tackle flooding, especially in the 24 flood-prone areas. The BMA has also asked for funds to buy 5 million sandbags to be used as flood barriers and 75 water pumps.

In related news, slippery road surface from heavy rains caused a six-vehicle pile-up yesterday afternoon in Prachuap Khiri Khan's Bang Saphan Noi district. Nobody was hurt. However, in the same district yesterday a pick-up truck - braving the inclement weather - crashed into a roadside tree, killing the driver and front-seat passenger and wounding another person in the car.

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