Hailstorm havoc in Thai province

A wood-processing factory crumbled amid the storm, the roof of a cooperative was almost fully blown away, and a telephone pole was uprooted.

Sanga Tuakjankham said the storm also sent a tree crashing into her house.

"I'd never seen such storm before," said Sanga, 42.

According to Lampang's disaster prevention and mitigation chief, Thawanrat Chai-in-pan, hailstorms have damaged more than 2,100 houses in the province this year.