A family was found dead on Saturday at their potato farm in Kampong Thom’s Sandan district after being struck by lightning.
Police identified the victims as Chhouy Len, 28, the father, Chea Sokhon, 27, his wife, and Leng Chheng Leak, their three-year-old son.
Bin Mai, Ms Sokhon’s sister, said the family went out to tend the farm on Thursday and failed to return home.
When she went to find them on Saturday, Ms Mai discovered their bodies in the field under a tree in Chhoeu Teal commune.
“I was panicked when I saw the bodies,” she said yesterday. “I reported it to police immediately.”
After commune police examined their bodies, it was confirmed the three died after being struck by a lightning, according to a Chhoeu Teal commune police report.
After the examination, police handed the bodies to relatives for funerals.
Long Kiseng, governor of Sandan district, said he delivered some money provided by the provincial authority to the relatives for the funerals.
“This was a tragedy for their family,” he said. “To lose a whole family from lightning in one day, it is so sad.”
Meanwhile, nearly 20 homes in Kampong Speu province’s Baset district were damaged during storms on Saturday, when four people were also injured.
The Baset district authority reported that heavy rains and strong winds led to the damage and injuries.
Last week, strong winds and lightning damaged nearly 70 homes and killed one person in the Kingdom.
Takeo district’s Bati district was the hardest hit with 50 homes damaged, while one women died from lightning in Kampong Cham’s Choeung Prey district.
According to a report from the National Committee for Disaster Management, from January to April 2019, storms destroyed 3,400 homes nationwide, leaving 70 people injured or killed.
It noted that one person died during storms, while 29 were injured. Another 23 people were killed by lightning, which also injured 22 people.