BANGKOK (Net) — Seven people, including four children, died Monday when strong winds from a rainstorm caused a metal roof on a school’s activity center to collapse in northern Thailand, officials said Tuesday.
The latest casualty was a 6-year-old boy who died late Monday night in a hospital after the collapse at the Wat Nern Por primary school, according to the public relations office in Phichit province, 300 kilo-meters (185 miles) north of Bangkok.
Several students had gone inside the activity center to shelter from the rain when the roof collapsed, ac-cording to a Facebook post from the official disaster prevention department, and 18 people were hospi-talized.
Patcharin Siri, a staff member of the provincial Public Relations Department, said four boys, two par-ents and one member of the school’s cleaning staff died.
The meteorological department issued a warning for heavy rain in northern Thailand this week. Monday was also the official start of the rainy season.