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Two dead as storms batter Cambodia

Storms lashed six provinces across Cambodia over the weekend, killing two and causing widespread damage to property.

A man from Banteay Meanchey was struck by lightening while he collected rainwater in front of his home on Saturday, and in Kampong Cham, another man was killed by a bolt as he caught frogs in a field.

Provincial authorities in Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Thom, Oddor Meanchey and Kandal all reported casualties and the destruction of homes.

The worst damage was sustained in Kandal province, where it was reported that 94 houses and a school building were damaged by rain in Ksach Kandal and Ponhear Leu districts. Three people were injured.

In total, across the six provinces, 177 homes were recorded as damaged and 16 casualties have been confirmed.

The National Committee for Disaster Management’s quarterly report on natural disasters shows that in the first four months of this year, the number of storms doubled compared to the same period in 2011.

To contact the reporter on this story: Kim Yuthana at kim.yuthana@phnompenhpost.com

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