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Lightning death toll continues to rise

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Nearly 70 people have died and more than 70 were injured during heavy storms so far this year, including a staggering 65 deaths from lightning, according to the National Committee for Disaster Management.

Keo Vy, spokesman for the NCDM, said that during the first five months of 2018, 68 people were killed during storms.

“The storms and lightning also caused 75 people to get injured and 69 cattle died,” he told local media last week.

Mr Vy said that the storms also damaged 2,180 houses, of which 472 were completely destroyed.

He added that seven school buildings were also damaged, along with administrative buildings.

“Lightning deaths this year is worse than last year,” he said. “So far, 65 people were killed by lightning this year, while 46 were injured and 69 cattle were killed.

“As for flooding, it caused 700 hectares of land to be affected,” he added.

Mr Vy then called on people to be more careful during the rainy season in order to avoid fatal accidents.

Mr Vy could not be reached for further comment yesterday.​Last year’s natural disasters, including storms, lightning and floods, killed 103 people and 74 cattle, while also injuring 119 people.

Prime Minister Hun last month called on all Cambodians to pay more attention during the rainy season, especially soldiers on the borders.

The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology has announced that the country will be affected by storms until at least June 8.

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