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Three killed in one day by lightning strikes

Two Cambodians working on a farm in Thailand’s Rayong province were killed by lightning on Monday.

A border communications officer, who asked to remain anonymous, said the victims were a mother and a son from Battambang province.

Their bodies were sent to Cambodia yesterday via border checkpoint 400, to be handed over to their relatives for a funeral. Their names were not immediately available.

Separately, 64-year-old farmer Hoern Plorng was struck down while cutting bamboo during a storm in O’Chrou district in Banteay Meanchey yesterday, according to district police chief Ee Cheng Sokha.

National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM) spokesman Keo Vy said yesterday that Plorng’s death was the 30th lightning fatality in Cambodia since the start of the year.

According to a May 17 NCDM report, lightning this year has killed 30 and injured 35 people, compared to 18 deaths and seven injuries in the first five months of 2015.

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