A child died and two others were injured during a lightning strike on Monday while they were cycling back from school in Kampong Chhnang province’s Samakki Meanchey district.
Chhim Samit, a District Hall official, yesterday identified the dead student as Prum Rasmey, 12, but could not verify the identities of the other two children yet.
“The victims were cycling back from school during a slight rain on Monday evening when there was a sudden lightning strike,” he said. “One child was killed on the spot and the other two suffered injuries and were sent to hospital.”
Mr Samit added that the authorities have handed over the dead child’s body to his family and have urged parents in the district to take more care of their children during the current dry spell, when sudden storms with strong winds and lightning strikes can occur.
On Monday evening, strong winds in Phnom Penh blew down a large banner, injuring a motorcyclist and damaging several vehicles in Russey Keo district.
District Governor Chea Pisey yesterday said the incident occurred on National Road 5 in the district. He identified the victim as Thong Sok, 49, who lives in Phnom Penh’s Prek Pnov district.
“It was raining heavily at around 3pm and a strong wind blew down the banner onto the street,” he said. “Luckily, the victim was only slightly injured and the company responsible for the banner will provide some compensation to him.”
The Water Resources Ministry recently warned that there would be some rainfall with possible strong winds and lightning strikes on May 5, May 6 and Sunday in Phnom Penh and some provinces.