One man was killed and two teenagers were injured by lightning strikes while riding a homemade tractor in Oddar Meanchey province’s Samraong city on Sunday afternoon.
Kon Kriel commune police chief Phat Kim said that a man was killed at the scene while the two boys were injured and sent to hospital.
“There was a lightning strike and one person died instantly at the scene and two others were injured and they were sent to hospital,” he said. “They were all on the homemade tractor returning from the rice field.”
“Regarding lightning, even though we try our best, it is hard to avoid the accidents,” he added. “We do not know what is going to happen in advance. It is unpredictable. All we can do is advise villagers to turn off their phones and not stay under trees.”
Commune chief Leung Noch said that the two teens are recovering well from the incident, which left them with hearing damage.
“The two people were not seriously injured and now they are better,” he said. “They were close to the lightning strike and so they suffered numbness all over their bodies and hearing issues.”
“It’s hard to make a conclusion for the cause of the accident,” he added. “As we know, if there are tall trees nearby, it can cause lightning strikes, but there were no tress around and it was only raining slightly at the time.”
Mr Noch added that authorities have tried their best to help educate people to be cautious by sheltering themselves properly during storms to avoid such deadly accidents.
According to the National Committee for Disaster Management, nearly 70 people have died and more than 70 have been injured during heavy storms in the first five months of this year, including a staggering 65 deaths from lightning.
The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology said that the country will be affected by storms until at least June 8.