Lightning Storms Kill 5, Destroy 35 Homes Destroyed inDispute

Lightning storms have killed five people and destroyed 35 homes since Saturday in Kom­pong Cham and Prey Veng pro­vinces, police officials said Wednesday.

Three people died in Kompong Cham’s Kang Meas and Cheung Prey districts Tuesday—Song Sok­ny, 5, Chea Srey, 38, and Long Lonh, 48—after being struck by lightning, provincial po­lice chief Noun Samoun said by telephone.

Penh Thavy, 19, was killed by lightning Saturday, Noun Sa­moun said, adding that 35 homes were destroyed in his province due to heavy storms.

Kang Meas district Deputy Gov­ernor Moeun Pha said by tele­phone that homes in his district stood little chance of withstanding such a fierce storm.

“Their homes are too small, and it was a strong storm,” he said, adding that they would offer more do­n­ations today.

In Prey Veng province Tues­day, 16-year-old Mao Sarum died after being struck by lightning, according to Peam Ro district police chief Thum Sum Money.

Seth Vannareth, director of the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology’s disaster management committee, said that people need to pay closer attention to changing weather patterns as the number of severe storms are expected to increase in the coming months.

“You have to escape from an ap­proaching storm or rain be­cause there is a good chance there will be lightning,” Seth Van­nareth said.


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