A 12-year-old boy drowned during heavy rain at Chreav Waterfall in Kampong Speu’s Thporng district on Saturday.
The boy slipped off a rock and fell into the water during a thunderstorm, police said.
However, Thporng district police chief Hun Sok Hon said he did not believe local media reports that was abrupt flooding during the storm pushed the victim and others off the rock.
“The death can be because of the negligence of the parents,” he said.
“They were not paying attention to their son and when the heavy rain came, the boy was blown off the rock into the water catchment and he did not know how to swim.”
The number of people visiting the waterfall is higher than usual because there is a company planting flowers nearby to fertilise the soil.
This information was posted on Facebook and attracted people to the area, Mr Sok Hon said.
“Several others slipped on the rocks leaving some scratches. Normally, the mountainous area is slippery,” he said.
Mr Hon said the boy was recovered a couple of hours after the incident, but was already dead.
In a separate case, two siblings also drowned on Saturday afternoon, in a canal in Prey Veng’s Baray commune.
According to the police report, the boy, 10, and his sister, 14, went to play in the canal and were caught in flash flooding due to the rain.