Man Dies Inside Home Toppled by Powerful Winds

A 54-year-old farmer died Monday evening in Preah Vihear province when his house collapsed on him due to strong winds, according to officials who said a series of severe storms swept through the province in the past three days.

Lai Nhean was having dinner alone at about 7:30 p.m. in Preah Vihear City’s Palhal commune when a storm tore down his house.

“Unfortunately, he died instantly at the scene because the house covered his body,” said Rath Sorphea, director of the provincial information department.

Since Saturday, heavy winds and rain have destroyed eight houses and damaged 48 more in three districts and Preah Vihear City, Mr. Sorphea said.

Across the country, heavy winds and rainstorms this year have already killed two people and injured nine, destroyed 57 houses and damaged 382, said Keo Vy, cabinet chief of the National Committee for Disaster Management.

“Early this month, wind and rain affected five provinces in Cambodia including Kandal, Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Pailin and Preah Vihear,” Mr. Vy said.

Last year, a total of nine people died and 87 were injured, 786 houses were destroyed and 5,154 were damaged due to storms, he added.

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