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Lightning strikes, kills woman, 18 cows & 4 pigs

Famous photo of lightning bolt hitting a 65-foot tree in the US. The photo is a warning not to take refuge under branches of treet during a thunderstorm. Considered by experts one of the best pictures ever made of a lightning strike, the image was taken in 1984 by Johnny Autery of Dixons Mills, Alabama, from his pickup truck (National Geographic July, 1993)" (Source: Wikipedia)

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Huge thunderstorm in Nan & Phrae leaves trail of death & destruction, homes, crop fields, trees, destroyed, leaving many animals & one human dead.


Lightning strikes kill woman, 18 cows & 4 pigs in Nan & Phrae

Rarinthorn Petcharoen

In the northern Thai provinces of Nan and Phrae, summer thunderstorms struck with lightning strikes that killed one person and several animals on Monday night.

An elderly woman, Singha Prachuap, 60, was found dead in her orchard in Den Chai of Phrae province. 

She had taken refuge in a small shelter that collapsed on top of her during the storm.

Twenty-two cows and pigs died from lightning strikes and hundreds of homes were damaged.

Huge thunderstorm leaves trail of death & destruction across two provinces, destroying homes, crop fields, trees, killing many animals & one human.


In Nan, at Nithakorn farm in tambon Muang Chang, a total of 18 cows were killed when lightning hit their pen in Phu Phiang district.

Farmer Padung Phetdin, 53, said the storm cost him more than 500,000 baht.

Four pigs lie dead and seven others injured after their pen was hit by lightning on Monday night. (Photo by Rarinthorn Petcharoen)


Lightning bolts also struck a pig farm in nearby tambon Nanao in the same district, killing four pigs and injuring several others.

Thoon Nusupa, 66, headman (kamnan) of tambon Thanao and owner of the pig farm, said the thunderstorm brought heavy rain and hit the district while he was feeding his pigs.

Lightning struck the big trees behind the pig pens at least 10 times.

After rain stopped, he surveyed the damage to his farm .

Four pigs were dead and seven others were in convulsions.

Several pigs were also clearly in pain, the sub-district (tambon) chief said.

Mr Thoon’s pig farm was the largest in the community, with more than 600 pigs, said Pundit Witthayan, chairman of Thanao tambon administration organisation (TAO). 

Lightning strikes killed and injured animals in three pens at the farm, said Mr Pundit.

A storm also caused damage to 54 houses and 14 crop fields in the Chiang Klang district.

A woman shows the roof of her house in Phrae blown away by a storm. Monday night (Photo by Taweesak Sukkasem)


In Phrae, soldiers  sent to survey the storm damage at seven villages in Den Chai and Wang Chin districts reported 514 houses in Den Chai district were damaged.

In Wang Chin district, 89 houses and a school were damaged, with many roofs blown away by the storms.

Many trees were reported to have been toppled along about 5 kilometres of a road in Den Chai district.

There were widespread blackouts in several villages in the district starting about 8pm on  Monday.

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blackout : a sudden loss of electrical power - ไฟดับ

blown away : when the wind hits something and moves it to another place -

chairman : the person in charge of a committee, a company, etc - ประธาน

chief : a person with a high rank or the highest rank in a company or an organisation - หัวหน้า, ผู้นำ

clearly : easy to see and understand - ชัดเจน

collapsed : fell down suddenly - ล้ม ทิ้งตัวลง

community : the people living in one particular area - ชุมชน

convulsion : when the body shakes violently with big movements, because of sickness or medical condition - การสั่นอย่างรุนแรง

crop : a plant grown for food, usually on a farm - พืชผล

damage (noun): physical harm caused to something which makes it less attractive, useful or valuable - ความเสียหาย

elderly : (of people) old - สูงวัย, อาวุโส, อายุมาก

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

lightning : a flash, or several flashes, of very bright light in the sky caused by electricity - ฟ้าผ่า, ฟ้าแลบ, สายฟ้า

orchard : an area of land where fruit trees are grown - สวนหรือแปลงผลไม้

pain : the feelings that you have in your body when you have been hurt or when you are ill/sick; mental or emotional suffering - ความเจ็บปวด

pen (noun): a small piece of land surrounded by a fence in which farm animals are kept - คอก, เล้า, บริเวณล้อมรั้วสำหรับเลี้ยงสัตว์

refuge : a place where you go to protect yourself from something dangerous or threatening - ที่ลี้ภัย ที่หลบภัย

roof (noun): the structure that covers or forms the top of a building or vehicle - หลังคา

shelter : a place where animals are protected - โรงเลี้ยงสัตว์, สถานที่ที่ปลอดภัยสำหรับสัตว์

storm : bad weather with strong winds - พายุ

strike : an act of hitting or kicking something/somebody - การตี, การเตะ

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

survey : the act of examining and recording the measurements, features, etc. of an area of land - การสำรวจ, การหาข้อมูล

Tambon Administration Organisation (noun): the local government unit in a subdistrict of a Thai province - องค์การบริหารส่วนตำบล

thunderstorm : a storm with thunder and lightning and usually very heavy rain - พายุฝน,ฝนตกหนักที่มีพายุและฟ้าแลบ

topple : to cause to fall - คว่ำลงมา

widespread : happening or existing in many places, or affecting many people - อย่างแพร่หลาย


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