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Four dead in lightning strikes

At least four people were killed, along with 18 head of cattle, in Siem Reap and Banteay Meanchey provinces during heavy rainstorms that also destroyed two homes on Monday evening, police officials said.

Sot Dina, head of provincial police in Siem Reap, said yesterday that three people and 18 cattle were killed in Siem Reap province.

Teng Tak, 18, from Pakpann village in Puok district’s Sososdam commune, and Mao Chey, 22, from Kbalkrapue

village in Roeul commune, were killed by lightning on Monday night while they were rounding up their cattle to return them to their stables, Sot Dina said.

A 55-year-old woman identified as Phan Vich from Khnar Roveas village in Banteay Srey district’s Khun Ream commune, was also struck and killed by lightning while in her home Monday night, Sot Dina said.

He added that the 18 cows belonging to villagers in Bakong and Angkor Thom districts died in lightning strikes, and the storm destroyed two villagers’ homes in Angkor Thom district’s Peaksneng commune.

“We can fight illegal gambling, human trafficking and drug smuggling to keep our people safe, but we cannot fight lightning,” Sot Dina said.

A fourth person, identified as Khun Chea, 53, from Kabau village in Banteay Meanchey province’s Preah Netr Preah district, was killed by lightning, according to Phnom Leab district police Chief Lim Yung.

“I am very sad that he died because he was a good man,” Lim Yung said, adding that the victim was a family member.

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