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One killed, three hurt by lightning

One person was killed and three others were injured following a lightning strike on Tuesday in Pursat province’s Krakor district, police said yesterday.

Krakor district police chief of staff Khun Ry said that at 4:30pm on Tuesday, 11-year-old Syu Phearum, from Trapieng Romdeng village, was tending cattle with a few other children in the rice fields when he was fatally struck by lightning.

He added that in Thnort Chum commune’s Pram village, another lightning bolt hit a house belonging to Pin Hai, 45, about 10 minutes later. The bolt caused Chea Vannak, 12, as well as Nhen Somaly, 11, and her 9-year-old sister Nhen Somala, to fall unconscious.

“Fortunately, the three of them are alive after they were sent to the district hospital. Now they are conscious,” Ry confirmed.

According to a report by the National Committee for Disaster Management obtained on Tuesday, lightning has killed 30 people and injured 21 during the first five months of this year, not including these latest cases. Lightning has also killed 27 farm animals and destroyed five homes, the report states.

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