At Least Two Killed in Storm; Hundreds of Houses Destroyed

At least two people were killed in a violent tempest that battered the country on Thursday evening, tearing roofs off buildings and damaging hundreds of homes.

In Pursat province’s Krakor district, a 19-year-old woman was killed and her 25-year-old fiance injured when heavy rain caused their house to collapse at about 7:30 p.m., according to district police chief Em Ron.

“When the storm started to hit the house, the victim’s whole family moved from upstairs to the ground floor to be safe,” he said.

But a wooden beam fell on the woman, Krach Chandet, and killed her instantly, Mr. Ron said. Her fiance, Sen Ai, broke his arm in the chaos, he added.

“Other villagers tried to help the victim, but she was too seriously injured and died before they could do anything,” he said.

The storm damaged the roofs of 18 houses in the district, completely flattened two residences and killed two pigs, the police chief said.

In Svay Rieng province, the storm damaged or destroyed 193 houses in six districts, said deputy provincial governor Sam Bunnrin, adding that a downed power pylon plunged the area into darkness for several hours, while two buffalo were fatally struck by lightning.

The storm also blew the roofs off a stadium and a primary school, but no one was injured, he said.

In Mondolkiri province, 35-year-old Teum Chhoeuth was seeking shelter when he was struck in the neck by a metal roof hurled by high winds and died immediately, said deputy provincial governor Svay Sam Eang.

He added that 171 houses in Keo Seima and Pech Chreada districts were damaged by the gale.

Since the beginning of April, 73 storms—including Thursday’s—have killed five people and injured 59 others, according to Keo Vy, cabinet chief of the National Committee for Disaster Management.

The storms also destroyed 357 houses and damaged 1,889 others, he said.

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