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Over 6,900 houses damaged by storms this month

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Over 6,900 houses damaged by storms this month

By The Nation

 

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More than 6,900 houses have been damaged by storms since the beginning of this month, the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department chief said.

 

Chayapol Thitisak, the director-general, said the department has received reports that 6,940 houses in 1,010 villages in 307 tambon of 115 districts had been damaged by storms since April 5. Twenty-nine provinces have been affected.

 

He said nine villagers were reported injured during the period.

 

Chayapol said his department has coordinated with Army bases and government agencies concerned to provide help to the affected villagers.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30368019

 

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This is a lost cause unless they force a standard building code something like we have in Australia in North Queensland there is a cyclone proof building code say 5 ,further down south the building code is  a bit less say 3 cause no Cyclones ,further out west say a code 1. The building inspectors  come and check during a building being build .... not up to the code it gets nocked on the head until its right ..... no tea money will work. try that you go to jail.

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The speed of repair is more likely to be slowed by the ability to pay for the replenishment of missing or broken structure.

Plenty of capable people to carry out repairs in every village.

If the government agencies concerned support with wood and sheeting all should be back to normal quite soon

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Posted (edited)
2 hours ago, overherebc said:

A small problen being that many of these houses aren't built by people earning 100,000 Oz Dollars a month.

Also these houses aren't built by people who got past 3rd year high school if they attended school at all - many don't even speak Thai properly.

 

You just try to find a properly qualified builder to stick up an extension - the concept of 'qualified' and 'proper' are entirely foreign. You'll get laughed out of town!

 

Most new houses thrown up are thin concrete walls with steel - excellent for drawing the heat in and cooking the occupants and completely inadequate in terms of design and functionality.

 

Before we could even turn on an airconditioner, we had to spend time and money - firstly insulating the roof, then extending the roof a little to keep the sun from pumping heat in through the concrete walls faster than the A/C could remove it. We now pay 2200 (outside temps daytime are around 38C) but know of someone with a similar house (and possibly who 'saved' money not buying Mitsubishi inverters) paying between 4000 and 5000 - and they don't leave the A/C running at 29C to stop the insane heat build when they go out.

Edited by ben2talk

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Unfortunately many of these homes that had wind damage had corrugated tin roofing secured with nails not screws. After a few years easy for a strong wind to do damage. 

Building codes do not exist in these rural villages & towns. 

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