Dust devil tornado damages dozens of homes in Bangkok, Thailand (highlights)

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This is the terrifying moment a dust devil tornado damaged dozens of homes in Thailand.

The powerful gust of swirling wind was seen in the Phra Ram 3 area of the Thai capital Bangkok late on Monday afternoon October 4.

Footage compiled from recordings taken by several neighbours shows pieces of piece of wood, roof tiles and dust being sucked into the sky by the powerful twister cyclone as terrified residents looked on.

Resident Sia Kaew said: ‘I was hoping it does not move towards my house. It looked scary.’

Onlooker Supakorn Meepan added: ‘I have never seen anything like it before. It took down the trees in my garden.’

Resident Ha Kumpa was another one of the residents who recorded the dark whirlwind while she was preparing food for her family. She added: ‘I was praying it didn’t move towards my home.’

The tornado lasted for more than five minutes before it gradually dissipated. There were no injuries reported but a number of buildings in the area were damaged.

Dust devils are a type of whirlwind tornado that form when the sun heats a patch of land and the air above becomes warmer and rises quickly.

Cooler air then moves into the low-pressure gap left by the rising warm air. The new drafts of cooler air also heat up, rise and the cycle continues, picking up dust and debris making the spiral visible as it rises skywards.