Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Shock and awe Father, son injured by lightning

Shock and awe Father, son injured by lightning

Shock and awe Father, son injured by lightning

Two farmers – a father and his son – were struck by lightning and rendered unconscious on Friday in Ratanakkiri province’s Kon Mom district, according to police.

Yun Bunna, Banlung district police chief of staff, said Hang Saret, 52, and his son, Hang Puth, 14, were struck by lightning while resting under a plastic tent on their farm in Ta Ong commune.

“Fortunately, they were sent to the hospital in time. Both of them are conscious now,” Bunna said.

Saret, who had just left the Banlung town hospital, said yesterday that, in fact, the lightning did not strike them directly, but rather struck a nearby tree.

“When the lightning struck the tree, my son and I were sitting in the tent. We started to tremble and felt powerless, as if shocked by electricity, and then we fell unconscious. We are getting better and better now,” he said.

A report released at the end of June by the National Committee for Disaster Management indicated a 50 per cent uptick in storm frequency but fewer lightning-related deaths in the first half of 2015 as compared to 2014.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • PM warns party of complacency in leaked audio

    Two leaked audio tapes, purportedly of Prime Minister Hun Sen speaking candidly to senior officials, appear to hint at insecurities within the ruling party over the controversial dissolution of the country’s main opposition, with the premier warning that the party’s “struggle” didn’t

  • Government approves plan to relocate Phnom Penh’s airport

    The government has signed off on a proposal to build a new airport to serve Phnom Penh and has earmarked land in Kandal province for the $1.5 billion project. A new international airport to replace the existing Phnom Penh International Airport will be constructed on partially

  • Music festival promises big stage, has even bigger hopes

    With a line-up of local and international artists, and a massive outdoor venue booked on Koh Pich, or Diamond Island, Saturday’s Diamond Moon Festival is aiming to showcase contemporary musical and artistic talents at a scale rarely seen in the Kingdom. [img] But the