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Six killed in building collapse

Six people including a pregnant woman were killed when the entrance to a construction material store collapsed following heavy rain and strong winds in Surin's Muang district on Tuesday.

Police were alerted at about 4pm that the concrete walls used to block the wind for the Global House Store had not resisted the storm and had fallen on to the roof of the entrance building. The area was hit by heavy rains, hailstones and strong winds for more than an hour.

Rescue workers who rushed to the scene yesterday initially found three bodies of a family under the debris. They were identified as Charan Phetnok, 32, Sudathip Ukart, 33, who was pregnant, and their daughter whose name and age were not revealed. They reportedly stopped to shop at the store as well as to avoid the heavy rain.

At about 10pm, the rescue workers found the bodies of three male staff who were identified by their name tags as Rob Chusrikhao, 56, Yo Saengprasert, 36 and Sakchai Prajujan, 39.

Surin Governor Nirun Kulayanamit has ordered immediate closure of the store pending investigation into the incident and examination of the remaining buildings. Investigators will also look into whether the store holds legal permits.


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