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Unseasonal storms hit northwest

Unseasonal storms hit northwest

Two people were injured and more than 60 homes left damaged after freak storms swept through Preah Vihear and Banteay Meanchey provinces over the weekend.

Hitting Banteay Meanchey province on Saturday night and Preah Vihear’s Choam Ksan district on Sunday evening, the storms struck well ahead of the start of rainy season in May.

Choam Ksan, district governor of Chea Kimseng, said 46 houses were damaged and another 13 completely destroyed as lightning, rain and hail swept through three communes and 10 villages within 15 minutes.

“We’ve never seen hail in our district, and this is the first time that a rainstorm has happened during this month, which is the very hot season,” Kimseng said, adding a 53-year-old woman and 9-year-old girl were injured by falling debris.

Meanwhile, five houses in Banteay Meanchey were destroyed by falling coconut trees on Saturday night, according to a National Police report.

According to Keo Vy, adviser to the National Committee for Disaster Management, there were 160 major storms, leading to 9 deaths and 87 injuries last year.

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