Chiang Rai School fortifies quake defences

Fixing the faults: Prof Pennung Warnitchai, head of the development programme. (Photo: Thanachai Saengjan)

Three years ago, Chiang Rai experienced one of the most powerful earthquakes in the country's recorded history. The 6.3-magnitude quake shook Phan district in 2014, leaving several unreinforced buildings damaged, with some entirely demolished.

Three years later, a school building located approximately 50 kilometres from the epicentre of the 2014 quake now has reinforced pillars to ensure safety for its students and staff.

Chumchon Ban Pong School, located in tambon Ban Pong in Chiang Rai's Mae Suai district, is one of four schools included in a non-profit project to create a safe environment for locals in areas in earthquake-prone areas.

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