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Lightning strikes Kratie family, kills teenager during meal

A teenager was killed while several people, including a toddler and a young girl, were injured in two lightning strikes on Friday.

Neat Noy, a 19-year-old from Svay Chreah commune in Kratie province’s Snuol district, was killed instantly when lightning hit her family’s home in Tasom village on Friday, according to Kratie province military police commander San Bunthan.

“While they were having dinner, the lightning struck in the middle of the dinner table, killing one and injuring another five,” said Bunthan.

Meanwhile, also on Friday evening, the 10-year-old daughter of farmers from Battambang province’s Kamrieng district was injured when lightning struck the family’s O’da commune house, according to commune police chief Om Phoeun, who said the girl, Srey Noch, was recovering.

On Saturday, 18 houses and five market stalls were damaged by strong winds and rain in Kampong Speu province’s Oral district, whose governor, Muong Phy, said there were no reported injuries.

According to National Committee for Disaster Management spokesman Keo Vy, 12 people have been killed and 60 injured by extreme weather this year.

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