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Storms wreak havoc in two provinces

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A home damaged by storms over the weekend. Supplied

Strong winds and lightning strikes have wreaked havoc in Tboung Khmum and Kampong Cham provinces, damaging more than 300 houses and injuring three people.

Leng Sokha, a deputy governor of Tboung Khmum province, yesterday said that storms with strong winds since Saturday hit several districts and damaged more than three hundred houses.

She said that the Provincial Hall is helping victim to rebuild their homes and has provided donations.

“The strong winds hit more than 300 houses over two days,” Ms Sokha said. “This is a natural disaster which all residents must beware of and the local authorities should be on standby at all times to be ready to intervene.”

In Kampong Cham’s Prey Chhor district, three people were hurt on Sunday during a lightning strike while they were playing games on a phone inside their house during a storm.

A local authority report identified them as Chin Srey, 26; Lay Virak, 12 and Lay Sokhai, seven.

“They were injured after being struck by lightning while playing with a phone during a thunderstorm,” the report noted. “They were sent to hospital and have recovered.”

On Sunday, Water Resources and Meteorology Ministry repeated its appeal to the public to stay alert for lightning strikes during storms which are expected until Saturday.

It noted that from May 12 to 18, moderate to heavy rainfall will occur in Phnom Penh and provinces along the coast, in the lowlands and the northeast plateau.

Chhim Samit, an official in Kampong Chhnang province’s Samakki Meanchey district, yesterday said that the province had also been hit by strong winds and heavy rains over the weekend.

“We went to residents’ homes to explain them about the dangers of natural disasters such as storms which can destroy houses and cause injuries or loss of life,” he said. “We advised them to seek shelter in safe places during thunderstorms.”

Last week, Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron urged all schools administrations and teachers to pay attention to their students’ safety during current thunderstorms.

The ministry advised students not to ride motorbikes, bicycles or use phones and refrain from sheltering under trees or in rice fields during thunderstorms.

It also advised them to avoid passing under electric poles, to wear shoes with rubber soles and not to wear jewellery during lightning strikes.

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