Three people were killed and another injured during thunderstorms in Ratanakkiri and Banteay Meanchey provinces over the weekend.
Chhay Thy, chief of Pate commune in Ratanakkiri’s O’Yadav district, yesterday said that at about 6.30pm on Saturday, a mother and her son died after seeking shelter.
Mr Thy identified them as 21-year-old Sev Phin and four-year-old Sev Sakhi, from Pate commune.
“There was light rain before the incident,” he said. “The two victims were seeking shelter from the rain in their hut in Yatung commune.”
“She was waiting for her husband to pick them up to go home,” Mr Thy added. “It was unfortunate that they were killed after lightning struck.”
Colonel Meas Rithy, chief of Preah Netr Preah district in Banteay Meanchey, said that on Friday evening, 14-year-old Mak Theang was killed and 15-year-old Khlaing Peav was injured after lightning struck in Phnom Leab commune’s Trayong village.
“Before the incident, the two boys were tending to cattle at a rice field,” Col Rithy said. “A storm was brewing, so they began bringing the cattle home”
“Unfortunately, 250 metres near their village, lightning struck, killing one and injuring the other,” he added.
According to a Banteay Meanchey provincial police report, 413 homes, one school and two warehouses were damaged due to the storm.
It said that after the storm, Major General Ath Khem, chief of Banteay Meanchey provincial police, led forces to help fix damaged homes.
According to a report by the National Committee for Disaster Management, 16 people have died and dozens others were injured in storms during the first four months of this year.
The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology yesterday issued an announcement saying that the Kingdom will continue to transition from dry to rainy season. It said that low pressure has prolonged air movement in Cambodia.
The ministry said from today until Sunday, there will be low to moderate levels of rainfall, while some locations may experience thunderstorms.
“Please be wary of thunder, lightning and storms,” the ministry said.