At least five people were killed by lightning and three others were injured Thursday afternoon in Koh Kong province.
Provincial Governor Mithona Phouthang said that the incident took place in Thmar Baing district’s Pralay commune.
She said people were gathered for a Buddhist ceremony when a large storm began, shooting lightning bolts toward the crowd.
“We’ve seen this before, but not with so many people being killed,” she said.
The National Police identified the deceased as Siem Savoeun, Siem Soeun, Til Sarun, Phin Phoeun and Than Rathy, noting that four dogs also died.
Police added that the injured were sent to the provincial referral hospital.
The five deaths bring the total killed by lightning thus far this year to nearly 35.
According to data from National Committee for Disaster Management, last year’s natural disasters, including storms, lightning and floods, killed 103 people and 74 cattle, while injuring 119 people.
The report added that 2,000 families were affected while thousands of houses, public buildings, crops and infrastructure were damaged.