Six 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.
Eighteen other people were hospitalized, they said.
Some students had gone inside the activity center at the Wat Nern Por primary school in Phichit province to shelter from the rain, according to Facebook posts from the official disaster prevention department and public relations office in the province, 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of Bangkok.
Patcharin Siri, a staff member of the provincial Public Relations Department, said four children, one parent and one member of the school’s cleaning staff had died.
The meteorological department issued a warning for heavy rain in upper Thailand this week. Monday was also the official start of the rainy season.