One boy died and four other children were injured by lightning strikes in Siem Reap province’s Varin district on Sunday.
Lieutenant Colonel Hong Porheng, district police chief, yesterday said that the five children took their cows to a field to be fed at about 3pm when it started to rain.
“The children live in the same village and they took their cows about two kilometres away from the village,” Lt Col Porheng said.
He added that the children took shelter under a tree when it began to rain and started a fire to keep warm when a lightning struck, killing one of them and injuring the remaining four.
He noted that Soeu Panha, 14, died at the scene, while Reach Keuk, 15, Reach Ponleu, 9, Thun Theav, 12 and Leav Sas, 12, were all injured.
“We went down to monitor the situation and checked the body of the dead boy before sending him to the family for a funeral,” Lt Col Porheng said.
According to a National Committee for Disaster Management report, 62 people were killed and 60 others were injured by lightning in the first six months of this year, a drop compared to the same period last year, when 74 people were killed by lightning.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology issued an announcement yesterday alerting the public to be careful of rainstorms and lightning that will occur until August 4.
The announcement noted that rain will drop in all provinces, especially in coastal areas.