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Two die, two injured in storms

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More than 100 homes were damaged by storms in multiple provinces. Swift News

Lightning strikes on Saturday killed two people and injured two others in Kratie and Preah Vihear provinces during severe storms which also damaged more than 100 houses in several provinces.

Colonel Chan Sok Kim, Kratie province’s Snuol district police chief, yesterday said that lightning killed two people and injured another in the district during a storm which also slightly damaged two houses.

He identified the dead as Chrin Komin, 16, from Snuol commune, and Try Pheak, 30, from Kranhoung Senchey commune. He said Oul Serey, 27, living in Snuol commune, was slightly injured.

In Preah Vihear province, a woman on Saturday was also injured by lightning during a storm.

Major Sim Say, Chheb district deputy police chief, yesterday did not identify her and said she was sent to a hospital in the province for treatment.

“She has recovered and was sent home today,” he said.

A family surveys damage to their home from a storm. Swift News

The Water Resources and Meteorology Ministry yesterday said on its Facebook page that storms on Friday and Saturday damaged 32 houses in Banteay Meanchey province, 10 in Ratanakkiri, eight in Kratie province, 15 in Oddar Meanchey province, 20 in Pailin province and several more in Preah Vihear province.

Keo Vy, National Committee for Disaster Management spokesman, yesterday said that there were 29 storms so far this year and 75 houses were destroyed in 13 provinces. He said 440 houses, eight school buildings and 95 stalls were also damaged.

Mr Vy said that so far this year, lightning strikes have killed three people and injured four others.

“More storms will come during the rainy season in April, May and June so I would like to call on all people to be careful and to monitor the Meteorology Ministry’s weather forecasts,” he said.

According to a recent National Committee for Disaster Management report, there were 199 storms last year during which six people died, 44 were injured, 645 houses were seriously damaged and 2,784 houses and 41 other buildings were slightly damaged.

The report noted that last year 110 people were killed and 82 people were injured during lightning strikes.

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