Tropical Storm in Kampot Injures Five People, Destroys 145 Homes

Five people were injured and 145 homes were damaged Tues­day in Kampot province’s Dang Tong district by heavy rains and winds caused by Tropical Storm Pakhar, the district governor said.

The storm, which originated in the South China Sea and wreak­ed havoc in southern Vietnam earlier this week, hit Cambodia in a milder form on Sunday and continued to cause rain and winds in about a dozen central and coast­al provinces until Tuesday.

Three of the injured in Kampot were hit by lightning, while two others were hurt by falling debris when their homes collapsed, district governor Muong Chhut said.

“The victims were aged 10 to 60 and sustained minor injuries,” he said.

“Three were struck by lightning, two others had their homes collapse, and 17 homes were completely destroyed.”

In a separate case, a 57-year-old woman was killed Tuesday by lightning as she was trying to bring her cow in from a rice paddy, local police said.

Choem Simorn was killed at about 6 p.m. in Batheay district’s Chealea commune, according to commune police chief Luy Tong Chhe.

Oum Ryna, deputy director of the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology’s department of meteorology, said that Tropical Storm Pakhar had moved over Cambodia as of Tuesday.

“The storm will not affect us anymore, but we will continue to face occasional rains,” he said.

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