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Chiang Mai Province has experienced its worst tropical storm in 60 years, which last night wrought extensive damage in two districts.
The storm last night caused large trees to fall on electricity poles, leading to an overnight blackout in many areas in the districts of Sansai and Doi Saket. Local authorities had to spend the whole night removing the fallen trees which not only disrupted the power supply but also blocked a road.
The cyclone also blew the roofs off more than 100 houses. Affected locals said the storm was the heaviest in the past 60 years, adding that their possessions were blown skywards and fell violently to the ground as they watched unable to intervene. A number of shops and advertising signs were also badly damaged.
The Chiang Mai provincial governor has instructed agencies in charge to assess the damage and provide immediate help to the villagers.