Lightning kills four in Preah Sihanouk

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Four workers were killed and two others injured during a lightning strike on Friday at a construction site in Preah Sihanouk province’s Prey Nob district.

Soun Kimsam, a district police chief, said the two survivors were sent to a nearby hospital.

“Before the incident, there was rain,” Mr Kimsam said. “The six victims sought shelter. One of them was on the phone when the incident happened.”

District police identified the deceased victims as 52-year-old Chan Soeun, 16-year-old San Krin, 30-year-old Tork and 20-year-old Tuy.

The injured were identified as 44-year-old Tuy Lem and 45-year-old Sar Ream, who are still recovering in hospital.

Mr Kimsam noted that the bodies of the four dead victims were sent to their respective families for funeral.

The Kingdom saw occurrences of lightning strikes and strong weather last week.

On Wednesday, in the same district, lightning strike killed a man and injured three others while working to clear farmland.

On Thursday, lightning killed three men seeking shelter from the rain in Banteay Meanchey province.

Keo Vy, a National Committee for Disaster Management spokesman, said from the beginning of the year until Saturday, 107 people has died to lightning.

Mr Vy said the cases were recorded in the provinces of Kampong Thom, Pursat, Banteay Meanchey, Oddar Meanchey and Preah Sihanouk.

“Every year, there are between 120 and 160 people affected by lightning strikes,” he said. “Do not talk on the phone or touch metal objects during rain – do not stay under trees, do not work in fields.”

On Saturday, the Water Resources and Meteorology Ministry called on residents to avoid travel by sea in order to avoid accidents caused by strong weather.

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