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Lightning strikes kill woman, injure three

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Victims of a lightning strike. Officials say thunderstorm are expected until Thursday. Supplied

Two separate lightning strikes killed a woman and injured three, one critically, in Battambang province on Friday afternoon.
 
Kamrieng district police officer Khann Mao said yesterday that farmer Yin Yeoun, 54, was killed by one strike at about 4pm during an unseasonal dry-season storm. 
 
“She died immediately at her home,” he said. 
 
According to the National Police website, three other people were injured by a lightning strike on the same day in Mong Russei district.
 
The women had been sitting at their house when heavy rain and strong winds rolled in at about 12:30pm. 
 
“Keo Sary, 66, and her granddaughter, Ath Sonita, 6, were slightly injured while Moung Chrouch, 56, was seriously wounded,” the website said.
 
Last weekend, a 44-year-old soldier was killed by lightning as he worked on a cassava farm in Preah Vihear province.
 
Seng Thy, who worked with the military’s Intervention Division 3, was sheltering  under a tree at the farm in Choam Khsant district.
 
On Friday, the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology said 14 provinces were experiencing rain and strong winds, lightning and thunder, which were set to continue for several days due to an increase in temperatures. The rain is expected until Thursday in the provinces of Pursat, Battambang, Pailin, Banteay Meanchey, Siem Reap, Kampong Thom, Prey Veng, Preah Vihear, Oddar Meanchey, Kampong Cham, Tbong Khmum, Kratie, Mondulkiri and Koh Kong.
 
“Please be careful with lightning, storms and other weather phenomena that can occur when it starts to rain, especially in lowland areas,” the ministry said.
 
Disaster management figures show that 213 people were struck by lightning last year in Cambodia, 108 of whom were killed – up from 107 in 2015.​​ The odds of being killed by lightning in Cambodia in 2015 were 7.1 in a million.

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