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Lightning deaths down this year

Lightning deaths down this year

Uy Roeun, a 60-year-old villager from Battambang province’s Banan district, was killed by lightning while tending crops on Sunday, said Mey Chhengly, a Banan district police officer. But Keo Vy, chief of cabinet at the National Committee for Disaster Management, noted Tuesday that lightning-related deaths in the first four months of 2010 were down more than 58 percent compared to the same period in 2009. There have been just 15 deaths so far this year, compared with 36 deaths during the same period in 2009, Keo Vy said. He attributed last year’s high numbers to an early rainy season.

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