Lightning strikes have killed four people and injured three others since early May in different provinces across the country, bringing the total deaths from lighting to more than 20 so far this year.
According to a National Police report, four men were struck and killed by lightning and three men were injured from May 3 until Tuesday.
“The lightning cases happened in Takeo, Banteay Meanchey, Siem Reap and Battambang provinces,” it said, adding that two men were struck dead in Takeo province on Tuesday while working under the rain.
The report said that Chum Phen, 54, was struck and killed in Daun Keo city while looking for fish in a flooded rice field and Chun Khun, 49, was struck and killed at his home in Traing district while he was draining water from his home.
Ngoun Tola, 55, died after being struck by lightning while making a fence for another villager while it was raining in Banteay Meanchey province’s O’Chrov district on Tuesday, added the report.
In Siem Reap province’s Siem Reap city, two men were struck on Tuesday afternoon while sitting under a tree in a field. Choun Chanthy, 31, died at the scene and his friend, Yi Kheung, 35, got lightly injured, according to a police official.
Another injury occurred in Siem Reap city last Thursday when Sum Sam, 50, was struck while watching a tractor plough his rice field in the rain.
Mao Mardy, 31, was seriously injured by a lightning strike in Battambang province’s Thmar Koul district on Sunday while he was driving his tractor home from his rice field in the rain.
Keo Vy, spokesman for the National Committee for Disaster Management, could not be reached for comment yesterday, but he told Khmer Times late last month that for almost four months this year, lightning strikes had killed 17 people, injured 12 people and killed 12 cows.
He said the incidents occurred in several provinces across the country during the transition from dry to rainy season.
“It gets stormy, there’s thunder and lightning mixed with rain. It occurs in April, May and June. These are the periods of danger, so people have to be careful,” Mr Vy said.