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Be a reporter: Wind storm batters Satreeprasertsin School in Trat

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Motorcycles were swept up and scattered by the fierce wind. Photo by Arkhom Suwanprasert

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Wind storm batters Satreeprasertsin School in Trat

Mrs. Sumalee  Sirisuksomp,
English Program Coordinator 
Satreeprasertsin School, Trat


Teachers and students of Satreeprasertsin School were shocked when a sudden wind storm struck, injuring students and damaging school facilities and classrooms.

Around 3.30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 10th, while teachers and students were carrying out their school activities, a big wind storm erupted. It started at the front of the school and blew straight through the school halls where there were about 100 students. Some students were injured while trying to close the shutters.

The biggest tree in the school was blown down onto a teacher’s car which parked in front of a school building. Photo by Weeraphat Phimubol

The wind storm hit the building fiercely. Most of the trees surrounding the school were blown down onto pavilions, pathways and even onto some of the teacher’s cars that were parked in front of the school buildings.

The teachers and students were frightened and surprised at this unexpected force of nature. They ran frantically to escape and hide from the wind.


Within a matter of five seconds, many things were damaged. The walls on the third story of one building were heavily damaged and the roof was partially destroyed.

Nine students were sent to the hospital for medical attention. Some were hurt by shattered glass blown out of windows.

 One of the classrooms was badly damaged while there were students inside. Photo by Watcharaphorn Muansaen


Mr. Weerasak Wannarat the director of Satreeprasertsin School estimated the damage at over two million baht

“Thanks to the emergency response team from our local institutes and government agencies for their help. It will take time for the rehabilitation process and to finish the reconstruction needed in our beloved school,” he said.

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Vocabulary:

batter : to hit something hard many times - ตีติดต่อกัน, โจมตีติดต่อกัน

beloved : loved very much by somebody; very popular with somebody - เป็นที่รัก, ที่รักมาก

emergency : an unexpected situation involving danger in which immediate action is necessary - เหตุฉุกเฉิน

erupt (verb): to start suddenly - ปะทุขึ้น

estimate (verb): to say what you think an amount or value is or will be, either by using available information or by guessing - คาดคะเน, ประมาณการ

facility (noun): a building, equipment, etc., used for a particular purpose - โรงงาน, สถานบริการ, สิ่งก่อสร้าง, สิ่งอำนวยความสะดวก

fiercely : very strongly - อย่างรุนแรง, อย่างดุเดือด

frantically : done in a very urgent way - อย่างกระวนกระวาย, อย่างไม่สามารถ

injure : to hurt or cause physical harm to a person or animal - ทำให้บาดเจ็บ, ทำร้าย

institute (noun): an organization that has a particular purpose, especially one that is connected with education or a particular profession; the building used by this organisation - สถาบัน,องค์การ,วิทยาลัย,สถาบันหนึ่งของมหาวิทยาลัย

local : in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about - ท้องถิ่น

partially : in part, but not completely - บางส่วน

pathway (noun): a way or track that is built or is made by the action of people walking - ทาง, ทางเดิน, เส้นทาง

pavilion (noun): a small building or tent where people can sit. - พลับพลา, ปะรำ, ศาลา

process : a series of actions that you take in order to achieve a result - แนวทางปฏิบัติ, กระบวน, วิธีการ

reconstruction : the process of building or creating something again that has been damaged or destroyed - การสร้างใหม่, การประกอบใหม่

rehabilitation : making a system, building, etc., suitable for use again, i.e., bringing it back to a good condition - การฟื้นฟูสภาพกิจการ

shatter : to break into many pieces - แตกกระจาย

shock : to surprise, or frighten someone - ทำให้ตกใจ, ทำให้สั่นสะเทือน

shutters : wooden or metal covers that can be closed over the outside of a window to keep out light or protect the windows from damage - บานเกล็ดหน้าต่าง

struck (past of strike) (verb): hit forcefully or violently - ตี, กระแทก, ชน

sudden (adj): happening quickly and unexpectedly กะทันหัน - กะทันหัน

surrounding : all around a place - บริเวณรอบๆ

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