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Five people killed by lightning

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Five people were killed and one was injured by lightning in four difference provinces this week while many houses were affected by rainstorms as well.

According to a National Police report, four men and a four-year-old girl were struck and killed by lightning in Prey Veng, Koh Kong, Battambang and Kratie province on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The report said Doung Sarath, 50, was killed on Wednesday evening in Prey Veng province’s Peamchor district when he was walking to a rice field about 800 metres from his home to bring his cow in from the rain.

“The victim saw it was going to rain so he went to bring his cow in from the rice field, but when he was walking out there he was struck and killed by lightning,” it said.

Another lightning incident happened on Wednesday in Koh Kong province’s Koh Kong district, killing a father and his son at their house while they were collecting rain water.

Toun Pheap, 47, and his son Toun Sophorn, 16, were killed at the same time and police officials went to inspect the bodies before sending them to their family for a funeral.

In Battambang province’s Rukha Kiri district on Tuesday evening, Pov Him, 32, was struck by lightning at his cassava farm. The report said he was planting cassava while it was raining and lightning struck him dead.

In a separate case in Kratie province’s Chet Borei district, lightning killed a four-year-old girl and slightly injured her mother on Tuesday night while they were watching television in their home.

Choeun Sei, 29, the victim’s mother, said in the report that they were watching TV in their wooden house during a thunderstorm.

“The lightning hit into my house while we were watching TV and caused my youngest daughter to die like she was burned from fire and I got burned on my left leg,” she said.

Keo Vy, a spokesman for the National Committee for Disaster Management, said yesterday that so far this year, lightning had killed nine people, injured four others, and also killed three cows. He said the number of deaths increased, but injuries decreased compared with the same period last year when five people were killed, 12 were injured and six cows died.

“Lightning happens during rainstorms, but there have been 20 storms so far this year in eight provinces, completely destroying 97 houses, damaging the roof of 201 houses, damaging five schools and injuring two people,” he said.

According to an NCDM report, lightning strikes killed 80 people, injured 63, damaged nine homes and killed 74 cows in 2017.

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